According to Myanmar officials, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will be released on November 13, mere days after Myanmar's first election in two decades. The Nobel Peace laureate has been detained for most of the last 20 years since winning the country's last poll in 1990, with the junta refusing to let her party take office.
Widely criticised by activists and the West as a charade aimed at putting a civilian face on military rule, neither Suu Kyi nor her National League for Democracy (NLD) party will partake in the upcoming vote due to numerous regulations set by the junta.
The November 7 election is a cornerstone of what the military-ruled country says is a transition to civilian rule after five decades under the army, although many see it as a means of prolonging its dominance. 25% of parliament seats are reserved for the military whatever the outcome.
Myanmar's prime minister issues election warning [Associated Press, 30 Sept 2010]
Myanmar to free Suu Kyi days after election: officials [AFP, 30 Sept 2010]