Suu Kyi`s party accuses breakaway faction of stealing logo
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 16:01
  
Yangon: Senior officials of the party of Myanmar's detained pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi have filed a protest with the junta, accusing a breakaway faction of using a party logo similar to theirs.

Nyan Win, a spokesman for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, said 15 senior NLD members signed the protest letter and sent it to the junta-appointed Union Election Commission yesterday.

The letter says the National Democratic Force, a new party formed by the breakaway NLD faction, uses a picture of "Kha-mauk," the traditional conical bamboo hat, as its logo without permission from the NLD.

"The use of Khamauk as symbol by another political party could cause confusion and misunderstanding," Nyan Win said.

The NLD used the "Kha-mauk" as party logo in 1990 when it contested the country's last multiparty elections, at which the NLD won by a landslide but was prevented by the junta from coming to power.

Khin Maung Swe, the NDF leader, rejected the NLD's accusation, saying it has no exclusive right to the logo which has not been patented.

The military government has said it will hold the first general election in two decades later this year but it has not yet to disclose the exact date.

A total of 43 political parties applied for registration to contest the elections, as required by a new junta-approved election law. The election commission approved registration for 33 of them, including five that took part in the 1990 elections.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 16:01


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