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A look at some of Burma's key political parties

NLDNational League for Democracy:

Aung San Suu Kyi's party was founded in 1988 after a popular uprising
Won the 1990 parliamentary elections in a landslide but results never recognized by the military regime
Boycotted 2010 elections and was stripped of legal party status; Contesting 44 seats

USDPUnion Solidarity and Development Party:

Current ruling party
Formed by current President Thein Sein and other members of military junta
Won vast majority in 2010 election
Contesting all 45 seats
It will retain its majority in parliament regardless of the results

NDFNational Democratic Force

Formed by breakaway NLD members
Won several seats in the 2010 election
Contesting about 10 seats

SNLDShan Nationalities League for Democracy

The second largest winning party in the 1990 elections
Boycotted the 2010 elections
Often sides with Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD party

SNDPShan Nationalities Democratic Party

Widely known as the White Tiger Party
Won 57 seats in the 2010 elections
Contesting seats in only a handful of constituencies

NUPNational Unity Party

Formed bythe military junta and members of the former Burma Socialist Program Party
Defeated badly by the NLD in 1990 elections
Fielded the second highest number of candidates in the 2010 election but defeated badly again

Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 April 2012 17:04 )  

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