AP PHOTO: Myanmar’s Suu Kyi faces a dramatic new turning point

Aung San Suu Kyi’s career took another turn on Monday in court Myanmar sentenced the ousted leader to four years in prison after finding her guilty of instigating and violating coronavirus restrictions. Other cases against her are pending.

Just a year ago, her National League for Democracy party won a landslide election, sending her and her party back to a second consecutive five-year term. decades of military domination.

The army regained power on February 1, arresting Suu Kyi and many others, and plunging Myanmar into turmoil after a short period of stability and the promise of more democracy.

Suu Kyi’s career has been marked by highs and lows Nobel Peace Prize – and low-level – spent 15 years under house arrest under a former military junta.

Her father is Aung San, the country’s independence hero. His assassination in 1947 was just a few months before Myanmar – then known as Burma – was liberated from brother colonial rule had shaped the country’s protracted chaos.

Suu Kyi as an adult lived an expatriate life after getting married University of Oxford scholar Michael Aris, with whom she had two sons.

She entered politics in 1988 when she returned to her hometown to care for her dying mother when massive protests broke out against Ne Win’s military dictatorship. She helped found the National League for Democracy, but paid the price in 1989 while under house arrest, where she would spend 15 of the following 22 years.

Her fame spread in 1991 when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, but it took 21 years before she won a seat in a parliamentary by-election.

A resounding victory in the 2015 general election brought her party to power. Banned from being president by constitutional rules drafted by the military, the position of state advisor was created to enable her to become the country’s leader.

International fans of her fight for democracy walked away after she appeared at the International Court of Justice in December 2019 to defend the military’s brutal 2017 counterinsurgency campaign against Muslim Rohingya minority in western Rakhine state.

In the November 2020 general election, her party won even more seats than it did five years earlier. But the military disputed the vote and forced her to resign. AP PHOTO: Myanmar’s Suu Kyi faces a dramatic new turning point


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