Myanmar minister claims Aung San Suu Kyi to be freed November after elections

January 26, 2010

Myanmar (ChattahBox) — Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be freed when her house arrest ends in November, according to a government minister.  Home Minister Major General Maung Oo made the announcement at a meeting of local officials last Thursday in the town of Kyaukpadaung, in central Myanmar, according to Reuters, which cited two sources who attended the event. Reports also quoted Maung Oo as saying the elections would be “free and fair.” However the timing of her possible release would ensure Aung San Suu Kyi could not be involved in this year’s parliamentary elections, the first for two decades, which observers think will be held in October. Provisions ensure the military a controlling stake in government no matter what the results so Suu Kyi’s party has not yet decided whether to take part in the election, the date of which has not yet been set.

The 64-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years, was sentenced last year to 18 months of house arrest for harboring an American John Yettaw, who swam across a lake to sneak uninvited into her lakeside compound.

Another long-serving detainee, National League for Democracy (NLD) deputy leader Tin Oo, a former defense minister and retired general, will also be freed on Feb 13 after 10 years in detention, Reuters reported yesterday.



2 Responses to “Myanmar minister claims Aung San Suu Kyi to be freed November after elections”

  1. U Myint Lwin on January 28th, 2010 11:44 pm

    Aung San Suu Kyi never stood for the election because she was not eligible to contest a seat. It was not this present military government or the previous socialist government that refused Aung San Suu Kyi the right to stand for elections but ironically it was her own father, Myanmar national hero General Aung San, who wrote into the original constitution, subsequently promulgated in 1948, a clause with the provision that “any person who is under any acknowledgement of allegiance or adherence to a foreign power, or a subject or citizen is entitled to the rights and privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign

    Thus she is not entitled to contest a seat in the country’s elections. Aung San Suu Kyi resided abroad for twenty-eight years and married an Englishman (Giving her the rights to U.K. citizenship) and has 2 children both holding British citizenship. This present military government has to, as all the previous successive Myanmar Governments did, continue to honour this clause and the constitution approved with 92% in 2008 has also committed itself to continue to honour the said clause

    This type of constitutional condition is implemented by many governments including those of developed nations. It is quite understandable that Governments do not wish to have someone in office who could be unduly influenced by any other nation or power. As a preventive measure certain rules and regulations are universally drawn up and put into effect to serve as a mechanism to protect the national security as well as the national interest of the respective countries.

  2. sunrisedatacare on March 27th, 2010 1:32 am

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