Myanmar authorities have agreed to Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition to rejoin mainstream politics, setting the scene for the Nobel laureate to run for a seat in the new parliament, as U.S. was "encouraged" by steps Myanmar has taken, Suu Kyi said, “I am very confident that if we work together... there will be no turning back from the road to democracy.”
In one of a number of dramatic developments, Suu Kyi has said she will take part in by-elections expected early next year, although no date has been set. The democracy champion voiced guarded hope earlier this month that democracy would come to Myanmar, as she welcomed Hillary Clinton to the home that was her prison for years during a landmark visit by the US Secretary of State.
Tuesday’s announcement in state media follows a series of reformist moves by a new military-backed government dominated by former generals, who are now reaching out to political opponents and the West. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was stripped of its status as a legal political party by the junta last year after it chose to boycott a rare election, saying the rules were unfair.
Over the past year, Myanmar's authoritarian government has begun a transition to democracy that drew U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to this normally pariah nation because the U.S. was "encouraged" by steps Myanmar has taken.
Myanmar approved opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party to register for a coming election, state media said Tuesday, formally returning the pro-democracy group to the political arena.