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Suu Kyi's party to contest Myanmar by-elections

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Suu Kyi's party to contest Myanmar by-elections


Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has indicated that her party will contest a series of parliamentary by-elections.

However, the head of the National League for Democracy (NLD) has not revealed whether she herself will compete for one of the 48 seats available.

The 106-member Central Executive Committee of the NLD voted unanimously to register the party, which was officially dissolved last year, and contest the by-elections, it said in a statement.

Suu Kyi was released last year after 15 years of house arrest. Earlier this week, she met Britain’s Overseas Development Secretary who is in the country to monitor its reforms.

The United States has today announced that its sending Secretary of State Hillary Clinton there next month. It will be the highest-level US delegation visit in nearly 50 years.

Myanmar has also embarked on a string of reforms since the army handed over power in March to a military-dominated civilian government after the first elections in two decades.

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