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Aung San Suu Kyi`s party to be abolished

Last Updated: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 14:57

Yangon: Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi`s party, which has been the symbol of resistance against the ruling junta for two decades, is to be dissolved at midnight Thursday under laws laid down ahead of elections.

The National League for Democracy (NLD) refused to meet a May 06 deadline to re-register as a political party, a move that would have forced it to expel its own leader, and boycotted the vote scheduled for later this year.

At the party`s ramshackle headquarters in Myanmar`s former capital Yangon, the "fighting peacock" flag was still flying but party workers were packing up files and mulling new plans to focus on social and development work.

"We have decided not to take down our party signboard and flags as Daw Suu has asked," said prominent NLD member Phyu
Phyu Thin, using a respectful form of address for the Nobel peace laureate.

"Although we have no legal headquarters, we will continue our movement. Our people have sacrificed their lives... many of our party members and activists are still in prison," she said.
Along with Suu Kyi`s lakeside home, where she has been detained for 14 of the last 20 years, the shabby wooden headquarters has been the focus of efforts to end nearly half a century of military rule.


First Published: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 14:57

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