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Immediate problems facing Mrs. Suu Kyi include a traditionally uncompromising military that has ruled the biggest country in mainland Southeast Asia since a 1962 coup.

If she steps over any line they draw, she can be arrested again.

More than 2,200 political prisoners remain jailed, including labor activists, Buddhist monks, entertainers, students and writers.

“This is an unconditional release. No restrictions are placed on her,” her attorney said, though the military created a draconian constitution in 2008 that curtails most political activity.

With the military in such a strong position and its success in limiting Mrs. Suu Kyi’s options, it is difficult to predict how the two sides can close the gap between them.

Mrs. Suu Kyi was first placed under house arrest in 1989 for challenging the regime after troops killed 3,000 pro-democracy demonstrators during a failed 1988 uprising.

While she was confined, her NLD party won a landslide election victory in 1990, but the military ignored that vote.

Her house arrest has been extended, on and off, for 15 of the past 21 years.

Her latest stretch began in 2003 after a government-backed mob attacked her motorcade in northern Burma, killing and injuring some of her supporters.

Her sentence was extended for 18 months after she illegally allowed an American, John Yettaw, to spend two nights at her dilapidated lakeside villa when he broke the law and swam, uninvited, to warn her of possible assassination.

Though many dismissed Mr. Yettaw’s warnings as a product of his own imagination, others have speculated that the military regime may want to arrange her death so it can rid itself of a major obstacle in its attempt to keep dominating Burma.

Other political knots facing Mrs. Suu Kyi, and the military, include how to resolve Burma’s perennial guerrilla wars, sporadically fought by several ethnic minorities along the country’s mountainous eastern and northern borders.

Burma, which the military junta has renamed Myanmar, achieved independence from colonial Britain in 1948.

Several main tribes - including the Karen, Karenni, Shan, Chin, Wa and Mon - thought they would be allowed autonomy or independence from the ethnic Burmese majority at that time.

When their demands were rejected, they began insurgencies in their opium-rich tribal regions, some of which continue.

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