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Suu Kyi asks Supreme Court to stop party dissolution

Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 20:15

Yangon: Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu
Kyi filed a lawsuit with Myanmar`s Supreme Court on Thursday in an
attempt to prevent the dissolution of her party under a
controversial new election law.

The detained pro-democracy icon`s lawyer said two
suits were submitted against the top junta leader Senior
General Than Shwe, one on behalf of Suu Kyi herself and the
other by her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).
The Nobel peace laureate asked the court to annul the
part of the election law that would have forced the party to
oust its detained leader in order to participate in the first
polls to be held in two decades.

Instead, her party decided last month to boycott the
elections, which are expected to be later this year. The NLD
faces dissolution if it fails to re-register by May 6.

In addition, the lawsuits asked for the formation of a
parliament made up of lawmakers who won in 1990 elections, her
lawyer Kyi Win told reporters.

The Supreme Court is expected to announce Friday
whether it will accept the request to hear the matter, he

Suu Kyi`s party won a landslide victory in the 1990
polls, but the junta never allowed it to take office, and
placed her under house arrest for 14 of the next 20 years.
Myanmar`s new election law nullifies the result of the
1990 polls.

"You can`t change the rules during the game," Kyi Win
said of the new legislation. "We have to say these matters at
the high court if we are allowed."

In February the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by
Suu Kyi against her extended house arrest.


First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 20:15

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