Aung San Suu Kyi says there are signs of political change in Myanmar, but people there are still a long way from true freedom.
However, Ms Suu Kyi told AFP news agency she believes the efforts the new government is making towards democratic reform are genuine.
In an interview at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy in Yangon, she stressed her opposition to an Arab-style uprising in Myanmar.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate spent almost two decades under house arrest.
The BBC reports the military has not rescinded its warning to her to stay out of politics.