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Burmese Democracy Leader World's Powerful Women


Jailed Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been named by Forbes Magazine to its list of the world's 100 most powerful women.

In a statement issued Thursday, the magazine ranked the jailed activist as the 47th most powerful woman.

Burma's military leadership crushed a pro-democracy movement in 1988 and refused to recognize the 1990 election victory by the opposition National League for Democracy. Aung San Suu Kyi has spent most of the last two decades under house arrest.

Earlier this year, Burmese leaders announced they were extending the house arrest for Aung San Suu Kyi for another year.

Forbes ranks German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the world's most powerful woman, followed by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and China's Vice Premier Wu Yi.

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