Suu Kyi's Party Registers to Run

National League for Democracy to take part in Burma elections
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2011 4:55 AM CST
Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at a hotel in Naypyidaw today.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – More than 20 years after it overwhelmingly won a general election—which the ruling military junta then ignored—Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy is poised to take part in elections in Burma. The party has been formally registered for any upcoming elections, and Suu Kyi herself is expected to seek a seat in an upcoming by-election, AP reports.

The NLD found itself banned last year after it boycotted the country's general election because of restrictions that banned Suu Kyi from running. During her recent visit to Burma, Hillary Clinton told the government that she wanted to ensure future elections are "free, fair, and credible in the eyes of the people."

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