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April 18, 2012

Suu Kyi to leave Myanmar for first time in a quarter-century

  • storyLess than two years after being released from house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi and 42 fellow members of the National League for Democracy were elected to Myanmar’s year-old parliament during elections on April 1.
  • outcomeReuters has confirmed that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and newly elected lawmaker will travel outside of Myanmar for the first time in 24 years, after accepting invitations to visit both Britain and Norway in June. source
14:32 // 1 year ago
April 2, 2012
We hope that this will be the beginning of a new era where there will be more emphasis on the rule of the people in the everyday politics of our country.
Myanmar pro-democracy figure Aung San Suu Kyi • Speaking about her party’s victory in Sunday’s elections — the National League for Democracy won nearly all of the 45 seats up for grabs, including one for the Nobel laureate herself. Suu Kyi says her party will push for constitutional changes and an end to ethnic conflicts. This may be tough, however — they won 45 seats out of several hundred, and the ones already there are filled by military and military supporters, and the constitution was written by the military. But the success on Sunday was nonetheless a breakthrough for a democratic movement.
10:28 // 2 years ago