Myanmar Dissolves Suu Kyi’s NLD Party: State Media

Tue Mar 28 2023
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NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar’s junta-stacked election commission announced on Tuesday that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) Party would be dissolved for failing to re-register under a tough new electoral law, state media reported.

According to the MRTV broadcaster, the NLD party, which Aung San Suu Kyi led to crushing victories over military-backed political parties in elections in 2015 and 2020, will be cancelled “automatically as a political party” from Wednesday.

Military rule in Myanmar

The military justified its February 2021 power control with unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 elections, ending a 10-year democratic experiment and taking the country into turmoil.

In January, the junta gave two months to political parties to re-register under a tough new electoral law written by the military ahead of fresh elections it has promised to hold.

Its opponents say the elections will be neither free nor fair.

Last month, the junta announced a six-month extension of a two-year state of emergency and postponed polls it had promised to hold by August this year because it did not control enough of the country for a vote to take place.

More than 3,100 people have been killed and over 20,000 arrested since the coup, according to a local monitoring group.

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