Huffpost WorldPost

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar Opposition Leader, May Run For Parliament

Posted: Updated:
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the media outside her residence after talks with Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN's Special human rights envoy to Burma, on February 3, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the media outside her residence after talks with Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN's Special human rights envoy to Burma, on February 3, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's Election Commission has given opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi the green light to run for parliamentary by-elections, which are seen as a key test of the long-repressed country's commitment to democratic reforms.

Suu Kyi previously announced her intention to run in the April elections but was waiting for official approval from the commission, which said it had to scrutinize her eligibility.

The commission said Monday it had no objection to Suu Kyi's bid and officially accepted her candidacy.

After nearly half a century of iron-fisted military rule in Myanmar, a nominally civilian government took office last March.

The April polls are being held to fill 48 seats vacated by lawmakers appointed to the Cabinet and other posts.

-

Aung San Suu Kyi Timeline
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Aung San Suu Kyi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aung San Suu Kyi - Biography

BBC News - Profile: Aung San Suu Kyi

A biography of Aung San Suu Kyi - About Burma - Burma Campaign ...

Aung San Suu Kyi | Facebook

Aung San Suu Kyi - The 2011 TIME 100 - TIME

Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi Postpones Political Rally