Myanmar was ruled by the armed forces from 1962 until 2011, when a new government began ushering in a return to civilian rule.
Aung San Suu Kyi spent nearly 15 years in detention between 1989 and 2010. She was internationally hailed as a beacon of democracy and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
In 2015, she led her National League for Democracy (NLD) to victory in Myanmar's first openly contested election in 25 years. But she was deposed by a military coup in 2021 when the military took control and arrested her and the political leadership around her.
However, her international reputation suffered severely following an army crackdown on the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority. Former supporters accused her of refusing to condemn the military or acknowledge accounts of atrocities.
Severe measures to restrict or discourage undesirable people.
The removal and seizure of a government and its powers by the military.
Myanmar's military coup triggers shift in national consciousness.