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Myanmar's Suu Kyi to run in next elections

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:35 AM EST, Fri November 18, 2011
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves the National League for Democracy party offices on November 18, 2011.
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves the National League for Democracy party offices on November 18, 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The elections have not been scheduled
  • The last elections were held in November 2010
  • Her party also says it plans to participate in future elections
  • The party won the 1990 elections but the results were ignored

(CNN) -- Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will participate in the next elections, Nyan Win, the spokesman for her National League for Democracy, said Friday.

Her National League for Democracy announced earlier Friday that it planned to re-register as a political party and participate in all future parliamentary elections.

The NLD won more than 80% of the legislative seats in 1990, the first free elections in the country in nearly 30 years, but the ruling military junta refused to recognize the results.

The elections, as yet unscheduled, are by-elections to fill 48 seats left vacant in parliament by the appointment of ministers in the new government. The last national elections were held in November 2010 and were the first in 20 years.

The junta declared a landslide victory in those elections, but critics worldwide dismissed the voting as a sham.

Suu Kyi and her party had boycotted the vote, faulting the junta. The military regime had enacted a law forcing the NLD to choose between honoring Suu Kyi as its leader and risking the party being declared illegal, or ejecting Suu Kyi from the party and being able to participate in the vote.

Suu Kyi is immensely popular in Myanmar, also known as Burma. She was released a year ago after spending 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest for her unending opposition to authoritarian rule in her native country.

CNN's Kocha Olarn and Andrew Henstock contributed to this report.

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