Suu Kyi says she'll run in Myanmar by-elections

November 30, 2011 - 11:10 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) is confirming that she'll run for parliament in upcoming elections and says she's confident that democracy will come to the military dominated county.

Suu Kyi spoke by webcast Wednesday to the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, shortly after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Myanmar on the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state in more than 50 years.

Suu Kyi said she supports increased U.S. engagement with Myanmar's government to encourage continued reforms that have seen it shift from five decades of direct military rule.

No date has been set for the parliamentary elections, which follow a nationwide poll in 2010. Suu Kyi's party boycotted that vote but is now reregistering after regulations that would have prevented her running for parliament were changed.