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article imageNobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to re-enter politics

By Leo Reyes     Nov 18, 2011 in Politics
Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has indicated she may re-enter politics after years in isolation following her detention for her efforts in propagating democracy in a country ruled for decades by a military junta.
In an interview with David Lyon of the BBC, Suu Kyi said she believes her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) and its leaders may now be ready to re-enter politics.
"She is certain to be one of the candidates her party puts forward for by-elections in about 50 parliamentary seats, made vacant when MPs were appointed as ministers," said Lions.
"Actually, I'm not entirely sure of the reasons why people think it's not yet the right time to reregister," she said. "On the whole, I think the great majority of our people will go in for reregistration."
Nyan Win, spokesman of NLD told ABC News "more than 100 central committee members of the National League for Democracy party will meet Friday to make the formal decision'.
"It is highly possible that we will register." Win said.
This development comes after a series of meetings between Suu Kyi and the leaders of Myanmar headed by President Thein Sein.
Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has been ruled by a military junta for decades. The country is now ruled by civilian leaders most of them were former members of the military junta.
Suu Kyi is the head of the banned National League for Democracy (NLD), a political party that won the 1990 national elections. Despite her landslide victory, the junta did not allow her to take power by putting her under house arrest for more than 20 years.
The lady Nobel Peace Prize laureate could have been Myanmar's first democratic head of state but the military junta never allowed her to take power.
Her Party was banned by the government from taking part in last year's elections on the grounds that it is not a registered political party as required by newly-promulgated election laws.
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