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Burmese Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Voted 'Asian Hero' - 2004-10-05


Burma's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been voted this year's Time/Asia magazine's "Asian Hero".

In Time's third annual online poll, released Monday, Aung San Suu Kyi got 40% of the 93,000 votes cast. She was followed by Malaysia's former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim (36%) and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (20%).

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the pro-democracy movement in Burma, has been incarcerated at least three times since beginning her push for Burmese democracy in the late 1980s. She is currently under house arrest in the Burmese capital, Rangoon, after being taken into federal custody in May 2003. She won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts at reform.

Online surveys are generally not considered precise indicators, since pollsters have little control over who responds.

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