Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi targets by-election seat

Aung San Suu Kyi gives an interview to the BBC Aung San Suu Kyi may be an MP by the end of the year

Aung San Suu Kyi will try to win a seat in Burma's parliament in forthcoming by-elections, her party has confirmed.

Ms Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) have operated outside of the political system for years.

They won a landslide election victory in 1990 but the result was never recognised by the ruling generals.

However, in recent days the NLD and the international community have given cautious praise to reforms undertaken by the current government.

The US announced it would sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the country for the first such visit in 50 years.

And the regional political bloc Asean confirmed Burma had reformed enough for it to hold the chair of the group in 2014.

Signs of change

The NLD announced on Friday that it was dropping its boycott of elections and would put up candidates for all 48 seats that have been available in a series of by-elections left vacant by reshuffles.

Ms Suu Kyi did not confirm whether she would be a candidate.

However, on Monday, NLD official Nyan Win told reporters: "Aung San Suu Kyi intends to stand for the by-election but it's a bit early to say from which constituency she will run."

Analysts speculated that Ms Suu Kyi could be an MP before the end of the year.

The NLD's 1990 election victory stunned the country's authoritarian rulers, and they refused to acknowledge the result.

Burma suffered a period of intense repression after that election, and Ms Suu Kyi spent much of the following 20 years in jail or under house arrest.

The military junta eventually wrote a new constitution, which entrenched the power of the military.

They held a sham election last year that was boycotted by the NLD - the only opposition group strong enough to challenge the army.

However, President Thein Sein - himself a member of the former ruling junta - has instituted enough reforms for observers to believe that real change may be taking place in the country.


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    Comment number 5.

    The release of Aung San Suu Kyi is a historic occasion. But she and the National League for Democracy have always failed to devise policies that would eradicate Myanmar's brutal treatment of minority groups who speak over 120 languages. Why the continued silence about the systematic repression? Without greater ethnic inclusion democracy will never improve the lives of ethnic minorities.

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    Comment number 4.

    Hope she is not assassinated like her farther. NLD need new young blood. Core members are very old. Hope her party is not out of touch with younger generation. Myanmar is one of the most corrupted country in the world. Corruption is like cancer in a country. We should deal this as one of the most important tasks. Half the city of Mandalay is owned by Chinese who bought Burmese citizen card.

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    Comment number 3.

    Can someone please send her some security guards to ensure her safety ? She is an incredibly brave lady and I don't want to see her come to any harm.

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    Comment number 2.

    It would be great to see her involved in politics again after so long. Bring it on, without interference from the military.

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    Comment number 1.

    I hope everything is happening to be good. Unity is powerful. This is the time to build our nation using every single brick available to us and not the time to quarrel to each other. It's already too late. But as russian saying " лучше поздно, чем никогда — better late than never, so let's unite and keep going. We have a long way to go. Cheer up!!


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