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Suu Kyi to run for Myanmar parliament

2011-11-30 22:44

Washington - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Wednesday she hopes to run for parliament in a by-election scheduled for next year.

"I hope to run for parliament," she said in a video conference with the council on foreign relations in Washington.

"We are waiting to hear whether our party's application for registration has been accepted and once that's accepted we can start making plans to contest the by-elections."

It had been unclear whether she herself would run once her party was cleared to take part in elections.

On Tuesday she had indicated she had yet to decide, even as a spokesperson for her National League for Democracy had said on Monday that Suu Kyi intended to run.

On Friday, the NLD voted in favour of re-registering as a party, after the government met its conditions.

These included freeing some political prisoners in October and amending the registration procedures this month.