29 Feb 2012

Suu Kyi fights off legal challenge

8:34 am on 29 February 2012

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has survived a legal challenge to her candidacy for Parliament.

A divisional election commission rejected a challenge by her rival in the April by-election who had accused her of benefiting from money from abroad, the BBC reports.

Ms Suu Kyi has family in Britain, but the commission agreed with her lawyers that her complaint was groundless.

Her party boycotted the last elections but has now rejoined the political process amid reform in Myanmar.

Ms Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in November 2010.