09/25/2010, 00.00
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Burmese junta: Aung San Suu Kyi can vote

NLD leader may be allowed to express her right to vote in upcoming elections, but she can not leave her house. His party, however, can not compete in the farcical elections.

Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) – According to unconfirmed statements, the Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been included on the electoral roll for the general elections in Myanmar, which the junta will hold on 7 November. A military official stated, however, that San Suu Kyi can not leave her house to cast her vote.

So far, according to a new law passed by the same generals last March, the "Lady" could not vote because she has been sentenced to imprisonment. The reversal of this decision seems another rouse aimed at presenting these elections as reliable to the international community. Analysts believe that the inclusion of Aung San Suu Kyi will not have a strong impact on the outcome of the elections, considering the absence of the National League for Democracy (NLD). The Nobel Prize winner’s party - precisely because of the exclusion of its leader - had decided not to participate in elections and was excluded. The vote is a farce, as in fact, only the party's military junta Union Solidarity and Development Party (Usdp), and other parties affiliated to it can compete.

The NLD won the last elections held in Myanmar in 1990 but the military annulled the results reaffirming its dictatorial power. Since then, for nearly twenty years, the party leader Aung San Suu Kyi has lived under house arrest. The latest sentence, arrived in August last year, extending her terms of custody for another 18 months.

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