Khin Maung Win, Associated Press
Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, center, leaves the Yangon District Election Commission after submitting a candidates' list of her National League for Democracy for the upcoming parliamentary by-election on Wednesday, Jan.18, 2012, in Yangon, Myanmar. Suu Kyi registered to run for a seat representing Kawhmu, a poor district south of Yangon where villagers' livelihoods were devastated by Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's president says there's no turning back on democratic reforms and is urging the West to lift sanctions on his country. He has even dangled the possibility of giving opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi a Cabinet post.

President Thein Sein says in an interview in Friday's Washington Post: "We are on the right track to democracy... We don't have any intention to draw back."

Thein Sein's government took office in March, ending a half century of military rule. Since then, it has rolled out reforms at a pace that has surprised even Myanmar's staunchest critics.

He said if Suu Kyi wins a seat in parliament and lawmakers elect her into government "we will have to accept that she becomes a Cabinet minister."