Suu Kyi to run again in November election

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be a candidate in this November’s general election, a spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD) party said on Tuesday.

NLD spokesman Zaw Myint Maung announced after a meeting of the party’s Central Executive Committee that Suu Kyi and President Win Myint will run in the November 8 polls.

Suu Kyi will provide more details of her plans today, he said. Suu Kyi was barred from becoming president by a clause in the constitution that was enacted under a previous military government.

The post of state counsellor was created by her party as a workaround, giving her executive powers. She also holds the position of foreign minister.

Suu Kyi led her party to a landslide victory in the last general election in 2015. The victory ended more than five decades of military rule and was the culmination of over 25 years of non-violent democracy activism by Suu Kyi that won her the Nobel Peace Prize.

However, her failure while in power to end military abuses of the Rohingya minority in the western state of Rakhine drew condemnation from many of her former admirers worldwide. An estimated 740,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, and the World Court in The Netherlands has accepted a case of genocide filed against Myanmar.

Suu Kyi nonetheless remains by far the country’s most popular politician. Prejudice against the Rohingya is pervasive in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon. PHOTO: AFP0