Aung San Suu Kyi to Run for Parliament in Myanmar

Friday, November 18, 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses thousands of her supporters at her National League for Democracy headquarters on November 14, 2010 in Yangon, Burma Aung San Suu Kyi addresses thousands of her supporters at her National League for Democracy headquarters on November 14, 2010 in Yangon, Burma (Getty Images)

A year after being released from two decades of house arrest, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced she will return to politics and run for a seat in Myanmar's Parliament. Her National League for Democracy party plans to contest all 48 vacant seats in Parliament. The NLD boycotted Myanmar's last election, its first in 20 years, because Suu Kyi was banned from running for office by the military-backed government. Hours before the announcement, President Obama said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Myanmar, making her the first secretary of state in 50 years to do so.

Rachel Harvey of the BBC has been covering the story and discusses the latest developments from Bangkok.

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