Suu Kyi is a Burmese opposition politician who is 1990 lead her party, the National League for Democracy Party, to victory in the general election; winning 59% of the vote. However, she was already under house arrest by Election Day and has spent most of the last 20 years as a prisoner in her own house. No visitors are allowed other than her doctor. She has won numerous international awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
In 2009 a man swam across the lake to her house, uninvited. The government accused her of breaking the terms of her house arrest and put her on trial in the notorious Insein prison in Rangoon. She faces 5 years in jail; many believe it is to ensure she is in imprisoned for the next general election.
The Burmese military government have just announced a new law; that if a party wishes to take part in the election they must expel any members with a criminal record – like Suu Kyi.