Update: Suu Kyi’s party, the NLD is now being projected to win the by-election in Burma. The Nobel laureate and leader of the party, Suu Kyi has won an estimated 82 per cent of the vote in her constituency of Kawhmu, south of Rangoon, according to the National League of Democracy (NLD).
Burma, after being ruled by the country’s military for almost fifty years, is now on the verge of being a real democracy. The pro-democracy movement in the country, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, brought in a sea of change in 2011, when the military junta in the country was dissolved. In the recent by-election however, the Union Solidarity and Development Party won, which the United Nations condemned the elections as fraudulent.
Now, after months of reform by the unpopular and sanction-ridden military-backed Government, the country is voting again, for real this time, and Nobel prize winner and pro-democracy activist in the country for over 25 years, Aung San Suu Kyi is tipped to win.
Suu Kyi, the 66-year-old leader of the pro-democracy movement in the country has spent most of the past 22 years locked up by the junta as a prisoner in her own home.
A hat-tip to this incredible woman, who has been a tireless champion of bringing democracy to Burma.