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Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
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Profession: Burmese Politician


Why Famous: Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma.

Despite being detained under house arrest before the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament.

She would under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners and activists.

She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

In recent years, she has faced criticism due to her perceived complicity in the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar's Rohingya population.

Born: June 19, 1945
Birthplace: Rangoon, British Burma
Age: 75 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Gemini

Married Life

Historical Events

  • 1988-09-27 The National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi is founded in Burma (Myanmar)
  • 1989-07-20 Burma government puts author Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest
  • 1991-10-14 Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi wins Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1994-09-24 National League for Democracy is formed by Aung San Suu Kyi and various others to help fight against dictatorship in Myanmar
  • 2013-03-10 Aung San Suu Kyi is re-elected leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy
  • 2021-02-01 Military stage a coup in Myanmar, detaining civilian leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi and declare a one-year state of emergency
  • 2021-05-24 Deposed Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court against charges laid by the military government

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