Myanmar to let Suu Kyi vote in referendum
The Myanmar military government has decided to allow pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi to vote in a May 10 national referendum on whether to endorse a draft constitution, sources in the ruling junta said Saturday.
According to the sources, the Myanmar government placed the name of Suu Kyi on the list of eligible voters. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who is under house arrest, since her National League for Democracy (NLD) party won a general election but was prevented by the military from taking office.
The Myanmar military junta apparently is seeking to dodge criticism at home and abroad by allowing Suu Kyi to take part in the 'democratisation process' it envisages, with a May 27 deadline approaching for extending her house arrest.