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LinkAsia | Nov 21
US President Barack Obama's historic visit to Myanmar drew jubilant crowds. But as contributor Kenneth Wong reports from Rangoon, many there believ...
In another sign of liberalization in Myanmar, the leader of the opposition, Aung San Suu Kyi, is able to get on the ballot for a seat in parliament. In fact, she'll take part in a special by-election in April. A big crowd welcomed Suu Kyi as she arrived to register her candidacy. She'll be running under the banner of the National League for Democracy. It's a party that's been banned in Myanmar for 20 years. There are 48 seats up for grabs in the April vote. Now, allowing Suu Kyi to run is the latest in a string of gestures made by Myanmar's military-backed government. It's also released several hundred political prisoners and also signed a cease-fire with ethnic Karens. They'd been fighting for an independent state for decades.