“The success we are having is the success of the people.”-Aung San Suu Kyi

“In late 2010, Burma’s leading pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, walked free after… years of house arrest imposed by Burma’s military rulers,” wrote Sherry O’Keefe, author of Champion of Freedom: Aung San Suu Kyi.

Since Suu Kyi’s release, Burma has undergone some major changes, most notably progress toward a democratic government.

Yesterday, a historic by-election was held in Burma, also known as Myanmar, for 45 vacant seats in parliament.

“Burma election officials confirmed Monday that Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party won a landslide victory,” CBC reported. “The victories for Suu Kyi’s party included all four seats up for grabs in the administrative capital, Naypyidaw, which is populated by civil servants, in an embarrassing sign of defeat for the government.”

The National League for Democracy, Suu Kyi’s party, will hold 6 percent of the seats in parliament, according to CBC.

According to USA TODAY, after claiming her victory, Suu Kyi spoke to thousands of her supporters, “The success we are having is the success of the people. It is not so much our triumph as a triumph of the people who have decided that they have to be involved in the political process in the country. We hope this will be the beginning of a new era.”

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about Aung San Suu Kyi, check out Champion of Freedom: Aung San Suu Kyi by Sherry O’Keefe (ISBN 9781599351681)

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