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Burma's Democracy Leader Opposes Her Party Joining Vote བོད་སྐད།


A lawyer for Burma's detained opposition leader says Aung San Suu Kyi is opposed to her party registering for this year's elections.

Lawyer Nyan Win visited his client Tuesday at her Rangoon home, where she is under house arrest. He later quoted her as saying the National League for Democracy party must make its own decision about the election. But she stressed she will never accept the party registering under what she called an "unjust" election law.

The NLD won Burma's last election in 1990, but the military government refused to give up its power.

New laws governing this year's election bar Aung San Suu Kyi from the vote by prohibiting people convicted of a crime from joining the process. The democracy leader was convicted last year of violating the terms of her house arrest.

Earlier Tuesday, Burma's Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by her party to overturn those new laws, one of which instructs parties to expel convicted members or face de-registration..

Another lawyer for the Nobel laureate said the court ruled it did not have the power to handle such a case.

The lawsuit was largely symbolic, because Burma's courts invariably support the military government's policies, especially on political matters.

The government has not yet set a date for the election.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.


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