26 years ago Aung San Suu Kyi won a parliamentary majority of 80% in the Myanmar national election. Soon after however, the vote was nullified and Suu Kyi was sentenced to house arrest on charges of trying to divide the military.
The Nobel peace prize winner, and winner of numerous other humanitarian awards, would spend the next 20 years of her life in and out of house arrest. Until 2011 when the now former President of Myanmar, Thein Sein, released her, and soon after her political party was given permission to once again participate in future elections.
Her party quickly gained seats in parliament, the first time since 1990 that more than one party was in parliament. On November 13th 2015 her party won a majority in the country’s national parliamentary election, the first freely held election in their history.
However, due to an aspect of the country’s constitution believed to have been written for her, barring anyone with children who are citizens of another country from becoming president, Suu Kyi won’t be president. In a statement before the election, Suu Kyi said that if her party should win, she would be “above the president”. In addition to this President Thein Sein has stated that the old government will cooperate in the transition of power.
It should be kept in mind that the country’s 2008 constitution requires 25% of the parliament to be elected by the military, which may make certain policy changes difficult. Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party will take power on April 1st.