YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar has sent out a surprisingly broad guest list for elections Sunday, hoping to showcase its democratic credentials to the world.
The by-election is likely to mark a symbolic turning point by bringing opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi into Parliament for the first time.
However, with less than 10 percent of the chambers' seats contested, the polling will not shift power away from the military-dominated ruling party. Still, the government hopes foreign observers endorse the polling to help lift the country's pariah status.
Uncharacteristically, the formerly hermetic country is allowing the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries to send observers to monitor the vote -- boosting hopes that this will be Myanmar's freest and fairest election in decades.