13 Nov 2011

Suu Kyi likely to stand in by-election

6:43 am on 13 November 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi is likely to contest a by-election in Myanmar in the coming months.

It is almost a year since she was released from house arrest.

Her party, the NLD, is meeting this week to decide whether to re-register as a political party, after shunning a poll which last year, before Ms Suu Kyi was released.

Re-registering the party would pave the way for her to return to the political arena.

It is not yet clear when a by-election will be held, but more than 40 seats are available in the two chambers of parliament.

The NLD won an election in 1990, but was never allowed to take office.

A recent amendment to a law on political parties, endorsed by President Thein Sein, removed a condition that all parties must agree to "preserve" the country's 2008 constitution.

Suu Kyi is expected to hold a news conference on Monday to mark the first anniversary of her release.