The Burmese junta is hinting that Aung San Suu Kyi will be released from house arrest in November and Tin Oo, the vice chairman of Suu Kyi's political party, the National League for Democracy, could be released in February.
Tin Oo is 82 and has been in prison or under house arrest for more than a decade. Suu Kyi has been detained for 14 of the past 20 years.
The junta has an election scheduled for this year, though no date is set. It needs participation from the National League of Democracy to lend the election a semblance of legitimacy.