Monday, April 2, 2012

has the world forgotten that Su Kyi's party once won in 1990 elections in Myanmar?

Suu Kyi hails 'triumph of the people' after Myanmar election win

She could have been prime minister but that was not meant to be.
We want to see the generals step down quietly after their illegal forced coup. We are glad that Suu Kyi is of the forgiving kind. Here is an excerpt from the wikipedia.

In the 1990 general election, her National League for Democracy party won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010,[8] becoming one of the world's most prominent (now former) political prisoners.[9]

Suu Kyi received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the government of India and the International Simón Bolívar Prize from the government of Venezuela. In 2007, the Government of Canada made her an honorary citizen of that country,[10] one of only five people ever to receive the honor.[11] In 2011, she was awarded the Wallenberg Medal.[12]

Further reading: wikipedia article on Suu Kyi

May she still have the fire and energy to revitalize Myanmar, with a good chance of surpassing the performance of the Philippines! We only wish success for this fine lady, the daughter of the founder of modern Burma (Myanmar).

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