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Last time, she was elected, the military government ignored the results and placed her under house arrest for 15 years.  When I visited Burma, a taxi driver told us that no one dared speak her name in public, "but we all speak her name in our hearts." 

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been fighting for freedom and democracy for decades in Burma, the government of which has earned a reputation as one of the most repressive regimes in the world.  Aung San Suu Kyi ranks up there with Martin Luther King and Ghandi.

Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi set for elections   BBC News

UPDATE:  Suu Kyi won by a landslide, with her party taking 40 out of 45.
Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi wins landmark election   BBC News

UPDATE:  General Turned President Begins Transformation   NY Times

UPDATE: US to ease sanctions against Burma   BBC News