29 Jan 2012

Suu Kyi begins election campaign in Myanmar

8:04 pm on 29 January 2012

The leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy political party, Aung San Suu Kyi, has started her first campaign tour ahead of April's bi-election.

She is visiting the coastal town of Dawei in her first trip out of Yangon in several months.

The BBC reports the visit is seen as a test of how freely she and her party are able to campaign.

Myanmar's military-backed government has embarked on a cautious reform process.

The National League for Democracy is contesting all the available constituencies in the coming by-elections.