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Timeline: Suu Kyi and Party's Decades-Long Struggle to Lead Myanmar

March 1988

Aung San Suu Kyi returns to Burma from U.K. to nurse mother, takes leadership role in democracy movement

July 1988

General Ne Win steps down from military's Burma Socialist Programme Party after 26 years

August 1988

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Demonstrators gather in Rangoon, later known as Yangon, to protest against the government on Aug. 6, 1988.

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The military cracks down after anti-BSPP 8-8-88 movement spreads from capital, Rangoon. 5,000 are killed. A half million gather at Shwedagon Pagoda to hear Suu Kyi speak 

September 1988

Prime minister U Nu proclaims a provisional government and promises elections as protests intensify. Generals take power in coup. National League for Democracy founded, with Suu Kyi as general secretary 

June 1989

Junta changes country's name to Myanmar, and capital's to Yangon 

July 1989

Suu Kyi placed under house arrest for first time  

May 1990

General election held, with Suu Kyi banned from running. The NLD wins 82 percent of seats, a result military refuses to accept 

October 1991

Suu Kyi is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

September 1993

Junta forms Union Solidarity and Development Association

July 1995

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Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest at her lakeside Yangon mansion in 1996.

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Government releases Suu Kyi and bans her from leaving Yangon, citing her safety. She doesn't try to visit her husband, Michael Aris, in U.K., for fear of being denied reentry  

March 1999

Aris dies, having been barred from visiting Suu Kyi 

September 2000

Suu Kyi subjected to second house arrest after attempting to campaign outside Yangon 

May 2002

Suu Kyi released and allowed to travel after negotiations with a UN envoy

May 2003

70 NLD supporters killed in clash with USDA in Dapayin. Suu Kyi begins third house arrest 

November 2005

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Myanmar laborers work at the construction site of City Hall in the new administrative capital of Naypyidaw.

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Government moves capital 200 miles north to Naypyidaw 

July 2009

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon barred from meeting Suu Kyi 

August 2009

Suu Kyi convicted for breaching terms of house arrest, given three-year jail term after U.S. citizen John Yettaw swims across a lake to her house. Prison term reduced to 18 months of house arrest 

March 2010

USDA becomes Union Solidarity and Development Party 

May 2010

NLD legally disbanded after refusing to register for upcoming election party sees as unfair 

November 2010

USPD claims landslide victory in first election in 20 years. Suu Kyi released  

March 2011

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Myanmar President Thein Sein.
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Thein Sein, a former general, becomes president 

November 2011

ASEAN lets Myanmar chair group in 2014. Suu Kyi announces run for parliament seat as NLD rejoins political process 

December 2011

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Suu Kyi, holds talks with President Thein Sein. Offers to ease sanctions if government continues political freedoms 

April  2012

Suu Kyi wins seat in a by-election 

September  2012

Suu Kyi visits U.S., receives Congressional Gold Medal. Thein Sein visits U.S. 

November 2012

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President Barack Obama and Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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U.S. President Barack Obama visits Myanmar 

December 2012

Government announces privately owned newspapers will be allowed to operate in 2013 for the first time in 50 years

January 2013

Government abolishes 25-year ban on public gatherings of more than five people 

February 2013

Thein Sein tours European Union 

April 2013

EU lifts most sanctions  

November 2013

Myanmar hosts ASEAN leaders meeting. Obama makes second visit 

October 2014

More than 3,000 political prisoners released

June 2015

Parliament rejects bill that to weaken military's veto powers on constitutional changes. Suu Kyi cannot run for president as constitution bars those with foreign children from taking the post 

Nov. 5, 2015

Suu Kyi says constitutional ban won't stop her from leading government. The NLD says it will put forward a "puppet" and that Suu Kyi will still run the government by being "above the president" 

Nov. 8, 2015

General election

Nov. 12, 2015

As results show NLD landslide, Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing pledges to accept election and work with new government 

Nov. 13, 2015

The NLD wins enough seats to choose Myanmar's new president

Early 2016

Parliament to nominate next president

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