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On April 1, 2012, the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar (Burma) announced that Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi had been elected to the Pyithu Hluttaw, the lower house of the Burmese parliament. This was a historic victory for iconic champion of democracy who had spent over 15 years under house arrest by the military junta. The NLD, which had boycotted a grossly unfair general election in October 2010, succeeded in bagging 43 of 45 seats in the by-elections held on April 1. Aung San Suu Kyi's victory was officially confirmed by the electoral commission on April 2 and she took oath to hold public office for the first time in May 2012. Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to the Burmese parliament to represent the constituency of Kawhmu. In 1991 Ms. San Suu Kyi was awarded Nobel Peace Prize for her daring opposition of military rule in the country.

The Burmese parliament is currently dominated by soldiers, ruling members of the military rule, who under the Constitution make up 25% of the legislature. The country's most powerful political party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, still rules roost and Aung San Suu Kyi and her fellows from the NLD make up 8% of the Parliament. Aung San Suu Kyi has been a powerful crusader for the cause of democracy and against the former military administration which reigned from 1962 to last year. The civilian government of a former general, U Thein Sein, has now replaced the junta and is currently pursuing a reform and reconciliation program.

Aung San Suu Kyi, is now a globally recognized figure and a very popular public figure in Myanmar. She is the daughter of Aung San who is often referred to as the architect of modern-day Myanmar. Currently in Myanmar the military is fighting hard to retain a dominant role in the midst of a raging democracy movement that wishes see the country firmly positioned on democratic pillars.
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