domingo, 9 de maio de 2010

MYANMAR: Suu Kyi Party Dissolves, Faction to Run in Poll

A splinter faction of Myanmar's biggest opposition party said Thursday it would form its own political party following the boycott of this year's election by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD). The NLD was effectively disbanded at midnight Thursday when the registration deadline expired, but a senior member told Reuters a breakaway group would form a new opposition party to be called the National Democracy Force (NDF). NLD executives voted unanimously on March 29 to shun the much-derided polls because unjust election laws barred many of its senior figures from running. The NLD boycott came six days after Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner detained for 15 of the past 21 years because of her pro-democracy fight, said she 'would not dream' of registering the NLD for the election.Reuters (6 May) 

Links to related articles:

ARTICLE: Senior Burma NLD leader defiant as party disbandsBBC News (6 May)

ARTICLE: We must deny the military regime in Burma the legitimacy it cravesThe Irrawaddy (5 May)

REPORT: Myanmar: Towards the ElectionsInternational Crisis Group (20 August 2009)