Suu Kyi to run for parliament

2012-01-10 08:37

Yangon - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has confirmed she will run for a parliamentary seat in April by-elections.

Party spokesperson Nyan Win said on Tuesday that the Nobel Peace Prize winner announced during a party meeting that she will seek a seat in suburban Yangon, Myanmar's largest city and her hometown.

Suu Kyi's presence will add star power and significance to upcoming by-elections that will be held nearly one year after nominally democratic elections ended a half century of military rule.

Her National League for Democracy Party decided to rejoin electoral politics amid signs that the new government is easing years of repression.