Myanmar, formerly Burma, is holding an historic general election on November 8. For Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Prize winner who was the guest of President Xi last June, it represents the climax of a 27-year struggle. The daughter of General Aung San, Myanmar national hero who brought independence from the British colonial power, the “Lady” is loved like a mother by a large part of the population for the personal sacrifices she did for her people. This special relationship has been documented by the best Myanmar photographers such as Pyay Kyaw Myint, Aung Pyay and Minzayar. The “Lady” became an international symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of oppression as a result of her 15 years under house arrest. The 70-year-old spent much of her time between 1989 and 2010 in some form of detention. In 1991, a year after her National League for Democracy (NLD) won an overwhelming victory in an election the junta later nullified, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The committee chairman called her "an outstanding example of the power of the powerless".
As a new government embarked on a process of reform, Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD party rejoined the political process in 2011 but she is facing an uphill battle because the constitution automatically grants the military a quarter of parliamentary seats. Another provision ban her from the presidency because she was married to a foreigner and her two sons hold British passports –not Burmese.