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November 8 date for first democratic elections since 1990
The parties in the running include the ruling military junta (USDP) and the NLD, led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel Laureate, however, has been excluded from the race for president, the highest office in the country.
10/11/2010 MYANMAR – INDIA
People won’t put up with vote “farce” and rigged elections, says Burmese monk
Ashin Panna Siri, who fled to India in 2008 after a year in prison, said elections were “one-sided and unfair”. He hopes monks will play a greater role to “mobilise public opinion”. They must “help alleviate the suffering of the people”. Myanmar security forces preparing for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release next Saturday. Last word falls to Senior General Than Shwe.
Tens of thousands attend Aung San Suu Kyi’s first election rally outside Yangon
The opposition leader on a visit to Tavoy, a town on the coast where she held a rally ahead of the vote on April 1. The Nobel Laureate calls for a "free and fair" vote and invites the population to ensure no undue pressure. Slogans and chants ring out for the "Lady".
”Ad personam" law excludes Aung San Suu Kyi from 2010 elections
The military leadership has promulgated a law that prevents the candidacy of those who have criminal convictions. It is included in the Political Parties Registration Law, which governs the vote. The parties have 60 days to register. Elections a pretext to strengthen the power of the dictatorship.
29/09/2010 MYANMAR - UN
Ban Ki-moon says elections a sham without the release of Aung San Suu Kyi
The UN secretary general says the vote “will not be credible” if the Nobel Peace laureate and other political prisoners are not freed. The appeal comes at the end of the "Group of Friends of Myanmar" meeting, whose members call for "greater participation, transparency and representation." Insubordination among soldiers who do not receive food or pay.
Yangon: three blasts mark Burmese New Year, kill more than 30, injure 75
Bombs were placed near a pavilion set up to celebrate a water festival near Kandawgyi Lake. State TV reports eight dead. The authorities close emergency ward where injured were taken to stop news leaks. Sources tell AsiaNews the junta wants to fuel a “terror strategy” ahead of upcoming elections.
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