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China hails Myanmar polls

world Updated: Nov 09, 2010 00:29 IST

The West denounced army-ruled Myanmar's first election in 20 years on Monday while state media in China, a key ally of the regime, struck a discordant note by calling the polls a sign of progress.

But led by US president Barack Obama, numerous countries decried the vote as neither free nor fair and called for the release of political prisoners including democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was sidelined in the polls.