Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Fails in Bid to Prevent Party Dissolution

YANGON

MYANMAR’S pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has failed in a legal bid to prevent the dissolution of her party under a controversial new election law, the party said on Thursday.

The detained Nobel peace laureate’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party faces abolition if it fails to re-register by the end of Thursday.

Suu Kyi and her party filed lawsuits last week with Myanmar’s Supreme Court against junta leader Senior General Than Shwe.
The petitions asked the court to annul the part of the election law that would have forced the party to oust her in order to participate in the first national polls to be held in two decades.

NLD spokesman Nyan Win said a court director had summoned party officials Wednesday to give its response.

“He returned our applications saying that the laws were already enacted. We have no plan yet to continue further,” Nyan Win said.

The NLD decided last month to boycott the elections, which are expected to be held later this year.

The lawsuits had also called for the formation of a parliament made up of lawmakers who won in 1990 elections.

The NLD won those polls in a landslide but the junta never accepted the outcome and Myanmar’s new election law nullifies the results.

In February, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Suu Kyi against her extended house arrest. She has been held in detention for 14 of the past 20 years.

The 64-year-old opposition leader had her incarceration lengthened by 18 months in August after being convicted over a bizarre incident in which an American man swam to her lakeside home in Yangon.

Critics dismiss the planned elections as a sham designed to entrench the power of the military which has ruled since 1962.

Myanmar’s prime minister and 22 other ministers retired from their military posts last week in a move seen as converting the leadership to civilian form ahead of the elections.

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