Suu Kyi sticks with ‘Burma’ despite government objectionsBy AP News Jul 03, 2012 6:30PM UTC
YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi sees nothing wrong with calling her country Burma even though the government objects.
Opposition activists have used the name Burma as a form of protest against the now-defunct army junta that renamed the country two decades ago.
Burma’s election commission complained last week that Suu Kyi repeatedly called the nation Burma during her recent trips to Thailand and Europe. The commission that oversees laws pertaining to political parties said Suu Kyi should stop and should respect the constitution.
Speaking in Yangon on Tuesday, Suu Kyi retorted that the name was altered in 1989 “without consulting any public opinion.”
She says she will use whatever term she wants.
The distinction between the names exists in English but not the local language.