Suu Kyi party to boycott Burma election

The party of Burma's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to boycott the military-ruled country's first election in two decades, saying it would carry on its struggle for democracy even if it was officially disbanded.

The party of Burma's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to boycott the military-ruled country's first election in two decades, saying it would carry on its struggle for democracy even if it was officially disbanded.

The decision by the National League for Democracy, approved by an unanimous vote of the 113 executive members at an all-day meeting, spotlights the question of the election's credibility - the NLD won the most parliamentary seats in the last election in 1990, whose results the military refused to honour.

The party said new laws guiding the election were undemocratic and would bar Ms Suu Kyi from participating or even being a member of the party she helped found 22 years ago.

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