Obama says Myanmar junta 'stole' election.


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1Obama says Myanmar junta ` stole ' election .
2US President Barack Obama Monday accused the Myanmar junta of stealing the weekend election in the military-ruled country , sharpening his earlier criticism of the vote .
3Citing Myanmar as an example of a country where a `` bankrupt regime '' imprisoned opponents and gunned down protesters , he said it was incumbent on all democracies to condemn repressive regimes .
4`` It is unacceptable to steal an election , as the regime in Burma -LRB- Myanmar -RRB- has done again for all the world to see , '' he said in a speech at the Indian parliament .
5He also criticised his hosts for sometimes failing to speak out sufficiently for the rights of the repressed .
6`` If I can be frank , in international fora , India has often shied away from these issues , '' he said .
7Once a staunch supporter of Myanmar 's pro-democracy movement , India began engaging the junta in the mid-1990s as security , energy and strategic priorities came to the fore .
8Myanmar 's election was strongly criticised by Western governments because of widespread complaints of intimidation and the detention of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi .
9India has made no statement on the election , which Obama condemned on Sunday as neither free nor fair .