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Aung Sung Suu Kyi: from activist to politician and realpolitik

 IPS 07 April 2019

Nobel Peace Laureate Aung Sung Suu Kyi is a beacon of hope in military-ruled Myanmar and, indeed, around the world. Nicknamed “The Lady”, she founded the National League for Democracy (NLD) in the late 1980s but – despite campaigning peacefully – was placed under house arrest from 1989 to 2011. Many members of the NLD were also arrested and tortured during this time. Now free, Suu Kyi is set to stand in the 2015 election, with the aim of removing the government of President Thein Sein, but some fear this move from activist to politician will sully her reputation. Indeed, the enduring image of The Lady as a champion of rights in the Gandhian mold is now being challenged by the more practical image of Suu Kyi the politician. (850 Words) - By Amantha Perera

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Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's legacy faces public scrutiny as she embarks on a campaign to form the next government in 2015.  Photo: Amantha Perera/IPS

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