Long admired for her steely defiance, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi now also enjoys a position of great political strength. In April her party, the National League for Democracy, nearly swept special elections in districts that represented a broad cross-section of Myanmars diverse population. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi won a seat in Parliament for the first time. In a striking measure of personal popularity, her party captured all the seats contested in Naypyidaw, the new capital city built by the former military junta and populated largely by government employees. After more than 15 years under house arrest, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is now riding high and following a trajectory that could threaten the dominance of the military-backed party when elections are held in 2015. To her compatriots, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi is a mother figure and a repository for the nearly impossible litany of aspirations for Myanmars 55 million people, many of them desperately poor. She is their hope and their light, said Mr. Zarganar. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/world/asia/13iht-suukyi13.html I've been a long term fan of her.