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Suu Kyi's party back on the political scene

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-11-18

The party of Burmese democracy leader Aung Sung Suu Kyi, which boycotted last year's general election, said Friday it would re-register in order to contest a series of upcoming special elections for empty parliamentary seats.

REUTERS - The party of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which boycotted last year’s general election, announced on Friday it would register to field candidates in a series of upcoming by-elections for vacant parliamentary seats.

The 106-member Central Executive Committee of the National League for Democracy (NLD) voted unanimously to register the party, which was officially dissolved last year, and contest the by-elections, it said in a statement.

During a meeting to decide whether to reregister, which was attended by reporters, Nobel laureate Suu Kyi told members she was in favour of the party contesting the 48 by-elections, but she did not say whether she herself was interested in becoming a lawmaker.

Date created : 2011-11-18

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