A year after she was freed from house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi could be about to run for ofice in Burma’s December by-elections. Her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is said to be highly likely to contest the elections, having boycotted the previous national vote due to concerns over legitimacy.
Aung San Suu Kyi led the NLD to an election win back in 1990, but Burma’s military junta prevented the party from taking power. Instead, Aung San Suu Kyi spent much of the next two decades under house arrest, while the Burmese military maintained its stranglehold on power.
The possibility of Aung San Suu Kyi taking part in the by-elections comes after the military junta altered the ruling of the country’s electoral laws. Although still far from ideal, the new rules demand less explicit support from all candidates for the junta. It might not be all that Aung San Suu Kyi and her followers want, but it’s a start.