Yangon: A meeting of Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party backed an official political comeback on Friday after years of marginalisation, the latest sign of tentative progress in military-dominated Myanmar.
  
The party's gathering came as the US signalled a thaw in relations with the long-isolated nation, with President Barack Obama saying he would send Hillary Clinton on the first trip to Myanmar by a US secretary of state for 50 years.
   
At a meeting of about 100 senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Yangon, delegates for each regional grouping spoke in favour of re-registering as a political party after boycotting last year's election.
   
"All the states and regions agreed. We have to hear from two more groups -- the youth and women's committee members. After that we will announce officially," said Kyi Toe, of the NLD's information office.
   
The NLD won a landslide victory in polls in 1990 but the win was never recognised by the then-ruling junta.
   
The party refused to take part in last November's vote, the country's first in 20 years, mainly because of rules that would have forced it to expel imprisoned members. Suu Kyi was under house arrest at the time.
   
The Nobel peace prize winner, who has spent most of the last two decades in detention, was released a few days after the polls and now appears to be planning an entrance to the mainstream political process.
   
NLD Spokesman Nyan Win recently said that Suu Kyi was "likely" to participate in a coming by-election. It is not yet clear when the vote will be held, but more than 40 seats are available in parliament's two chambers.
   
Leading figures from the NLD travelled from across Myanmar for their meeting at the party's headquarters in Yangon.

Agencies