Myanmar court rejects bid to restore Suu Kyi party

Myanmar`s highest court declined to hear a case filed by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeking to overturn the government`s dissolution of her political party.

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011, 22:56 PM IST

Yangon: Myanmar`s highest court declined
on Friday to hear a case filed by pro-democracy leader Aung San
Suu Kyi seeking to overturn the government`s dissolution of
her political party.

The Supreme Court ruled the appeal had no legal basis,
said Suu Kyi`s lawyer, Nyan Win.

Suu Kyi`s National League for Democracy party lost its
legal status last year after it failed to reregister in order
to take part in general elections, complaining conditions set
by the junta were unfair and undemocratic.

Her lawyers claimed the move was unlawful because the
new Election Commission has no right to dissolve parties that
were registered under a different Election Commission in 1990.

A military-sponsored party won an overwhelming majority in
last November`s election, which critics claim was unfair.

Friday`s ruling was unsurprising, since Myanmar`s
courts invariably adhere to the junta`s policies, especially
on political matters.

"We have actually exhausted all legal channels
regarding the case," said Nyan Win.

The last election, in 1990, was won by Suu Kyi`s
party, but the army would not let it take power and refused to
convene parliament.

The court`s ruling came just ahead of the convening of
the new parliamentary session, the first since 1988, when a
military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations installed
the current junta.

The 435 members of the lower house and 224 of the
upper house will attend the opening Monday in a massive new
building constructed after the capital was moved from Yangon
in 2005. Five lower house seats remain empty because voting
was cancelled in five politically unstable constituencies.

PTI