High-profile opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has been a key figure in Burma for many years -- a symbol of hope for her people, a thorn in the side of the military junta that has controlled the country, also known as Myanmar, for more than half a century. As the country heads to the polls for the historic general election on Sunday, November 8, 2015, Suu Kyi hopes to lead her country.
Suu Kyi and the NLD won the last election they contested in 1990, but the military refused to honor the results and kept Suu Kyi under house arrest over most of the following two decades. Though barred from becoming president if she wins the election, because her late husband and sons are not citizens, she has said she will run the government anyway if her party wins by being "above the president."
In this photo, Suu Kyi attends an award ceremony to receive her 1990 Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, October 22, 2013. When awarded the prize in 1990, she was not allowed to leave her country to attend the ceremony.
By CBSNews.com Senior Photo Editor Radhika Chalasani