Friday, November 12, 2010

Burma to release Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma military authorities have signed an order authorizing the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.Nobel laureate has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years, and her house arrest term expires on Saturday.“We are all busy working to welcome Daw Suu back, preparing a secretariat room for her at party headquarters,” said Win Tin, secretary of the NLD and a close associate with Suu Kyi.
Win Tin said: “It is not my decision, but I believe she will focus on politics and we will also urge her to resume her leadership, especially when our country's politics is in a state of emergency.”

Win Tin said Suu Kyi has always kept the door open to dialogue with the junta and he believes she will remain open to such dialogue.He even hoped her release would come today because the generals who believe in astrology may think the date 11/11 (Nov. 11) would be auspicious for her release.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention expires on Saturday 13 November and under Burmese law she should be released.There is much speculation about whether or not Aung San Suu Kyi is about to be released. Burma’s generals may be calculating that by releasing Aung San Suu Kyi they will receive so much positive publicity it will counter the negative attention on the election.

Many hope that Aung San Suu Kyi will be released. if she is released, the international community must not make the same mistake it has made in the past, hoping that this is a sign of change. Aung San Suu Kyi has been released twice before without there being any political change in the country. It is more likely that the dictatorship will try to use her release to try and persuade the international community to relax pressure on them.

Bura State radio on Thursday night announced results 147 constituencies in the Lower House, USDP winning 133. The USDP won 81 of 86 races newly announced for the Upper House.The new and previously announced results show the USDP gained majorities in both houses of Parliament: 190 of the 219 seats announced for the 330-seat Lower House, and 95 out of 107 seats announced for the 168-seat Upper House.

Top members of the ruling junta were among those who won seats. They include Prime Minister Thein Sein who also heads the USDP, a proxy for the junta.

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