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NLD sets conditions for 2010 Election

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The Strait Times

April 29, 2009

Opposition sets conditions

YANGON- THE party of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi Wednesday set stiff conditions for taking part in elections planned for 2010 by the ruling junta, including the release of the detained icon.

The National League for Democracy (NLD) issued a statement after a two-day meeting in Yangon to decide on its stance ahead of the polls, which critics have derided as a sham intended to entrench the generals’ power.

The statement said that it ‘intends to participate in the elections’ but only if all political prisoners including leaders of the NLD are ‘unconditionally’ released from jail.

Secondly it also demanded changes to a controversial army-backed constitution approved in May 2008 – days after Cyclone Nargis ravaged the country – under which the vote will be held.

The constitution gives the army a major role in any future government.

The third condition set by the NLD was that the elections had to be ‘inclusive, free and fair’ and held under international supervision.

The NLD said it also wanted to be able to study Myanmar’s upcoming party registration act and the law relating to the elections.

The military, which has ruled impoverished Myanmar since 1962, has announced the polls next year under its so-called ‘road map to democracy’.

Diplomats say the junta may be aiming for a date in March 2010.

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory in 1990 elections but the military never let it take office.

Aung San Suu Kyi, 63, who won the Nobel prize in 1991, has been detained for most of the past two decades, mostly isolated from the outside world, only receiving visits from her doctor and lawyer. — AFP

http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_370354.html

More:

Myanmar opposition sets conditions for joining 2010 polls Earthtimes (press release)

NLD in Dilemma The Irrawaddy News Magazine

Myanmar opposition meets on elections PRESS TV

Burma’s NLD holds election summit BBC News

Myanmar opposition to decide later about 2010 poll The Associated Press

Aung San Suu Kyi party meets on Myanmar elections AFP

Burma opposition sets conditions for 2010 poll Australia Network News

Burma’s NLD sets election demands BBC News

NLD sets pre-conditions for role in elections Mizzima.com

Myanmar party sets terms for taking part in polls PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)

Myanmar opposition sets conditions for elections AFP – 



Written by Lwin Aung Soe

April 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Posted in Varieties in English

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