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Myanmar cardinal defends country’s embattled leader

Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, has defended his country’s leader in the face of global criticism over the alleged ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority.

Cardinal Bo said Aung San Suu Kyi, state counsellor, still represented the best hope that Myanmar would emerge from a military dictatorship into a democracy.

He suggested that she did not have the power to stop the expulsion of the primarily Muslim Rohingya from the Buddhist-majority nation.

“As we know, her role has come under scorching criticism,” he said in a message to the 24th World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea, which took place in Taiwan from 2nd to 6th October.

Picture: Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, is seen at the Vatican in this 2015 file photo. During a presentation in Taiwan, he defended Myanmar’s leader, Aung, San Suu Kyi, in the face of global criticism over the alleged ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).