Clinton congratulates Myanmar on landmark election

By BRADLEY KLAPPER | April 1, 2012 | 10:28 AM EDT

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, left, walks out of a polling station on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, Sunday, April 1, 2012. Myanmar held a landmark election Sunday that was expected to send Suu Kyi into parliament for her first public office since launching her decades-long struggle against the military-dominated government. (AP Photo)

ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is congratulation the people of Myanmar for participating in the election process — a first for many of them.

Clinton says the country's leaders should move ahead with transparency and other reforms. She says it's too early to know what lies ahead despite progress in recent months.

Clinton spent most of Sunday dealing with the situation in Syria and the fate of its leader, so the landmark election in Myanmar is a reminder that even most oppressive governments can reform and that even the closed societies can open.

Clinton said at a news conference in Turkey that she holds hope for the people of Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.