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New Opposition Party Takes Shape in Burma

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Posted on May 7, 2010
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Protesters in London decry the Burmese military junta while wearing masks of democracy activist and NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi

A split within Burma’s opposition has led to some members leaving the defunct National League for Democracy to create a new party, the National Democratic Force, after Burmese authorities abolished the NLD for failing to register according to the military regime’s strict election laws. —JCL

The Voice of America:

Members of Burma’s now defunct opposition party, the National League for Democracy, have split to form a new party and contest this year’s controversial elections.  

The National League for Democracy confirmed Friday that some members have split off to form a new party to be called the National Democratic Force.

The split came after authorities dissolved the NLD for failing to register as required under the military government’s strict election laws.

More than 25 senior members broke ranks with the NLD, and plan to register as the NDF to contest this year’s elections.

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