n "an unprecedented public tribute," Myanmar President Thein Sein praised opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (pictured) during his speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday. "I would like to congratulate her for the honors she has received in [the U.S.] in recognition of her efforts for democracy [in Myanmar]," he said. Sein also said that his country has taken "irreversible steps" toward democracy, "leaving behind five decades of authoritarian rule." It was the first time Myanmar's speech before the gathering of world leaders was ever broadcast on television, as well as the first time such a speech has ever mentioned any opposition leader. Suu Kyi was elected to Myanmar's parliament in April after 15 years of house arrest.
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