Myanmar military junta decides to hold countrywide parliamentary elections after 20yr

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  1. ajtr

    ajtr Veteran Member Veteran Member

    Oct 2, 2009
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    Now this is some good news From Myanmar........

    Myanmar military government decides to hold elections

    Calcutta News.Net
    Friday 13th August, 2010
    The military junta in Myanmar has decided that elections will be held in the country on November 7th.

    For the first time in 20 years, parliamentary elections will take place throughout the country, about a week before opposition figure, Aung San Suu Kyi, is expected to be freed from house arrest.

    The United States and other countries have expressed their difficulties in accepting an election they have claimed will be illegitimate a role is denied to the thousands of political opponents now incarcerated, including Ms Suu Kyi.

    The National League for Democracy party, which won by a landslide in the last elections in 1990, only to be denied power by military leaders, has refused to register with the authorities to protest the country's election laws.

    Several larger parties have said the election timing undermines their ability to raise funds while overseas analysts have registered their dismay at what they see as a poll intended to strengthen the military's power under the guise of civilian rule.

    Forty parties have registered to participate in the first civilian government in almost half a century.

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