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article imageDemocracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party given official go-ahead

By Miriam Mannak     Jan 5, 2012 in World
Patience pays off, and Aung San Suu Kyi is an expert in that department. Twenty-two years after Myanmar's democracy leader was detained for participating in the presidential elections, she is to hit the election stage once again.
Yesterday, Myanmar's government gave Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, the official go-ahead to participate in the upcoming by-elections later this year.
"We have now been officially registered," Suu Kyi told The Associated Press, without wanting to confirm whether she'd stand in the election. A party spokesperson told AP that she intends to run.
It is a milestone for the woman, who spent 15 of the past 22 years under house arrest before her release in November 2010.
Suu Kyi, often dubbed Asia's female version of Nelson Mandela, was arrested and detained in 1989 prior the general elections of 1990, in which the NLD participated. Winning 59% of the national votes and 81% of the seats in Parliament did not change her situation, on the contrary.
In the general elections of 2010, Myanmar's government has made some small and cautious reforms, to the surprise of the international community. One of them was the release of Suu Kyi, allowing her to register her party, and participating in April's by-elections.
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