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news - Burma Pro-Democracy Party Wants Offices Reopened

september 8th, 2009

"The pro-democracy party of detained Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the ruling junta Tuesday to allow it to reopen its branch offices, which would be crucial for taking part in next year's planned national elections.

The junta has not held elections since 1990, when Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won in a landslide but was not allowed by the military to take power.

The NLD issued a statement saying the party had sent a letter to junta chairman Senior Gen. Than Shwe on Friday noting that the party is a legally registered organization but that its local offices had been sealed and its activities restricted by the government.

The NLD has not yet decided whether to take part in next year's polls, for which an exact date has not been set. In April, the party announced it would consider participating if the junta meets demands that include Suu Kyi's release from house arrest.

The declaration also asked the military to release all political prisoners, amend undemocratic clauses in the constitution and hold free and fair elections with international supervision.

The NLD did not rule out participating even if its demands were not met.

The government plans the 2010 elections as part of its seven-step 'roadmap to democracy,' but has yet to introduce a political parties registration law or an election law."

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