Two decades after Burma's army crushed her campaign rallies and voided her election to the premier's seat, Aung San Suu Kyi is campaigning on Burmese television.
Don't expect theatrics: the pro-democracy icon is straightforward and stiff throughout her televised speech.
That the government is offering the pro-democracy icon her 15 allotted minutes of air time at all signals a sharp reversal. Just one year ago, publicly displaying her image or the image of her party -- which is contesting April 1 by-elections -- would have invited abuse and confinement.
Depending on when you're reading this, you may be viewing her speech before the Burmese public. It's a leaked take of a pre-recorded speech, which was partly censored, according to the BBC.
The speech is, of course, in Burmese. But the Associated Press reports that she offered a "stiff criticism of the status quo" and spoke of rolling back oppressive laws.
According to an AP translation, she even acknowledged that the "military must play a role for the development of the country ... I also believe that the military, which was founded by my father, General Aung San, is always ready to serve in the interest of the country."