Expanded action targets business associates linked to military government.
1988: Military crackdown on pro-democracy protests, estimated 3,000 killed
1989: Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to house arrest for allegedly endangering the state
1990: NLD wins landslide in national election; military refuses to recognise result
1991: Suu Kyi awarded Nobel Peace Prize
1995: Suu Kyi freed, but movements restricted
1997: Myanmar admitted to Asean
2000: Suu Kyi sentenced to house arrest for defying travel restrictions
2002: Suu Kyi released following UN-facilitated secret talks with government
2003: Government unveils “road map” to democracy; Suu Kyi returned to house arrest after her convoy is attacked in north of country
2005: Government announces shift to new capital Naypidaw
2007: Nearly 3,000 prisoners released in amnesty to mark independence anniversary, but no key political figures freed
One clause bars anyone married to foreigners from standing – Aung San Suu Kyi was married to Briton Michael Aris, who died in 1999.
Nyan Win, spokesman for the NLD, said: “I am surprised that they set a date for an election.”
“We have to see the results of the referendum on the constitution. How can they know if it will be a success? It is still early to talk about an election.”
The NLD won Myanmar’s last election in 1990, but the ruling military government has never recognised the result.
In Bangkok, Thailand, a spokesman for a group of exiled MPs who fled after that vote, said that the elections would be meaningless unless Suu Kyi was freed and took part.
“Without the participation of Suu Kyi, the NLD and ethnic parties the people will not accept this constitution,” Zin Linn of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, said.
Instead, the generals insisted on drafting a new constitution and convened a so-called National Convention in 1993, which spent the next 14 years in meetings laying out the guidelines for a new charter.
The convention finally ended on September 3, 2007, weeks after anti-government demonstrations began in Yangon, the former capital, in protest at an increase in fuel prices in mid-August.
By the end of September, the protests had turned into the largest anti-government demonstrations in nearly 20 years.
The military responded with a deadly crackdown in which security forces opened fire on crowds, killing at least 31 people, according to the UN.