Suu Kyi's opposition wins legal status

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Authorities in Myanmar have reportedly legalised the party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The announcement was made in the state run New Light of Burma newspaper. The decision will allow the National League for Democracy to rejoin mainstream politics and thus allow Suu Kyi to run for a seat in parliament.

Suu Kyi’s party was outlawed last year by the country’s military junta after it chose to boycott a rare election, claiming the rules were unfair. Since then the new military-backed government has embarked on a series of reform measures, which have seen the country receive landmark diplomatic visits, including that of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Suu Kyi, who has spent much of the past two decades in detention under house arrest, was released days after the poll.