Myanmar opposition prepares for elections

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi running in constituency largely ignored by government.

    The opposition National League for Democracy has not lost its energy in the campaign trail leading up to Myanmar's third election in half a century.

    The area of Kawhmu south of Yangon, was not famous for much, until opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi decided to run for parliament by standing in this seat.

    Now, a community that had its political voice silenced for so long by the army, is embracing the process of democracy.

    Suu Kyi chose the constituency because it is a poor, rural part of the country.

    It is also part of the Irrawady Delta region, which was hit hard by cyclone Nargis in 2008, a disaster that was largely ignored by the military government.

    Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Kawhmu.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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