Myanmar's Suu Kyi To Run For Parliament

By Salon Staff

Published January 10, 2012 3:54AM (EST)

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has confirmed she will run for a parliamentary seat in April by-elections.

Party spokesman Nyan Win said Tuesday that the Nobel Peace Prize winner announced during a party meeting that she will seek a seat in suburban Yangon, Myanmar's largest city and her hometown.

Suu Kyi's presence will add star power and significance to upcoming by-elections that will be held nearly one year after nominally democratic elections ended a half century of military rule.

Her National League for Democracy Party decided to rejoin electoral politics amid signs that the new government is easing years of repression.

Salon Staff

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