Myanmar's Suu Kyi Registers For Parliament Seat

Thanlyin, Myanmar, Jan 18: Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has registered her candidacy for an April by-election, as her opposition party comes full circle after being politically ostracized for two decades.Suu Kyi registered
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India TV News Desk January 18, 2012 11:30 IST

Thanlyin, Myanmar, Jan 18: Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has registered her candidacy for an April by-election, as her opposition party comes full circle after being politically ostracized for two decades.

Suu Kyi registered Wednesday to run for a parliamentary seat in Kawhmu, a poor district south of Yangon where villagers' livelihoods were devastated by the 2008 Cyclone Nargis.

Even if Suu Kyi's party wins all 48 seats to be contested April 1, it will have minimal power.

But her decision to contest the polls is the latest vote of confidence for the new government's reforms after years of authoritarian rule.

A victory would also give the longtime political prisoner a voice in Parliament for the first time.

 
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