Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu kyi is to stand as a candidate in an upcoming by-election.
Her announcement comes just three days after her party ended its boycott of the country’s political system.
The change of tactics by Suu Kyi could be linked to a forth coming visit by the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. She will be the highest-ranked American to enter Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, since the 1962 military coup.
The last time Suu Kyi participated in a poll was over two decades ago when her landslide victory was voided by generals determined to hold on to power.
Suu Kyi has spent 15 of the last 21 years in detention.