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Congratulations to Aung San Suu Kyi!

Monday April 2, 2012

As I am sure many of my readers are aware, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has won a seat in Myanmar’s (Burma) Parliament, a major step forward in her quest to bring democracy to her country.  Myanmar, also known as Burma, remains a military dictatorship, although, unexpectedly the ruling Generals have begun a series of reforms.  One result has been the opportunity for Ms Suu Kyi to run for a seat in Parliament as a member of the leading opposition party.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been a personal hero of mine.  Her struggle to bring democracy to Myanmar has cost her dearly.  She has spent much of the last two decades under house arrest.  Her husband, Dr Michael Aris, who remained in the United Kingdom, saw her only sporadically after her return to Myanmar.  When he was ill with cancer, he was denied a visa to visit Ms Suu Kyi.  The ruling Generals instead attempted to use the opportunity to force her to leave the country.  Dr Aris died in 1999.  The last time he had seen Ms Suu Kyi was Christmas of 1995.

In light of her long struggle and given that this still only one step on a what is still going to be a very long road for Myanmar, I am sending her my congratulations on this win and my best wishes and hopes for her and her country.

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