Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be free by the end of this year. That’s according to one government minister as the country prepares for its first parliamentry election in two decades.
Suu Kyi has been under house arrest for the past 15 years. She is an immensly popular figure who led her National League for Democracy party to victory in the 1990 poll. The military junta ignored the result seeing her as the biggest threat to their power.
No date has yet been set for the upcoming election which is seen as critical in what the generals are calling the, “road map” to democracy to end 50 years of military rule in the former Burma.
Sanctions have crippled much of the resource rich country. Analysts say Myanmar wants to join the golbal economy and attract investment. Releasing political prisoners, like Suu Kyi will be critical in that process.