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article imageMyanmar's democracy leader Suu Kyi to run in April by-elections

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By Leo Reyes     Jan 1, 2012 in Politics
Myanmar's democracy leader and head of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, is set to run for a parliament post in the coming April by-elections, State television announced late Friday.
Suu Kyi is expected to file her candidacy as soon as the registration of her NLD party becomes official. NLD has earleir filed the registration for the political party and awaiting approval by the election body.
Myanmar has set the election on April 1to fill up the vacancies in the parliament after some of its elected members accepted positions in the executive branch as Ministers of various departments of the the government, leaving their posts in the parliament vacant.
Suu Kyi is expected to represent her constituency in Kawhmu, an area located about 20 miles from the city of Yangon where she lives.
Her victory in the upcoming polls will give her party a voice in the military-dominated parliament.
Suu Kyi's NLD party has not participated in last year's elections because of restrictive rules that put her party at a disadvantage but some of those rules have already been liberalized.
Suu Kyi swept her NLD party to victory in an election held two decades ago but the military regime did not allow her to take her post as the nation's Prime Minister. Instead, she was put on house arrest for most of the past 20 years since winning the election by landslide.
Suu Kyi is a recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize for her democratic crusade in her impoverished and military-ruled country.
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