NLD Votes No To Burma ‘Election’

Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), on Monday decided against registering for the general election this year, a party spokesman told The Irrawaddy.

“Without any objections, all the party leaders reached a consensus not to register the party and join the election because the junta’s election laws are unjust,” said senior party official Khin Maung Swe who attended the meeting at the party’s Rangoon headquarters. “We also agreed to call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners.”

Party officials said that the lawyer of detained leader Suu Kyi read out a message from Suu Kyi to the party leaders at the meeting and said that “Daw Suu could not accept the party registering under the unjust laws, but she said that neither she nor anyone else owns the party. Therefore, the party members have to make the decision by themselves democratically.”

The party’s 92-year-old party chairman, Aung Shwe, who recently voiced support for the party registering and taking part in the election, did not join in the meeting, but instead sent a letter stating that he would follow Suu Kyi’s decision, according to the party spokesman.


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3 Responses to “NLD Votes No To Burma ‘Election’”

  1. libhomo Says:

    Participating in an election that is rigged against you is pointless, but I bet Big Oil’s shills will attack them for it.

  2. RickB Says:

    I suspect that the ‘winners’ will enable govts to start to do deals with Burma that can be spun as ‘dealing with a democracy’.

  3. RickB Says:

    A key indicator of what is planned is that the regime has quietly privatised loads of assets to itself and its cronies, so whoever is in government, the power of capital remains in the same hands, much as with our current ‘democracies’.

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