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NDF glad to meet Suu Kyi ‘socially’

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Leaders of the party that split from the National League for Democracy ahead of last month’s national suukyi-meets-ndf-leaders3elections have expressed gladness at the opportunity of finally meeting NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi today.

Khin Maung Swe, a leader of National Democratic Force (NDF), which formed from former members of the NLD in May this year, party chairman Dr. Than Nyein, general secretary Dr. Win Naing and two young members of NDF met NLD vice-chairman Tin Oo, general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi and her personal assistant Win Htein for about an hour at Tin Oo’s house in Rangoon this morning.

“We’re gratified to have met them as we hadn’t had a chance to meet each other for a long time. We didn’t not talk about politics,” Khin Maung Swe told Mizzima. “When we met her, she stayed cheerful and her eyes sparkled. She welcomed us warmly … We talked about family affairs and the old days. It was just a meeting with our former colleagues.”
Suu Kyi and the NLD leaders first held a half-hour meeting with young NDF members Myo Aung and Myint Lwin, formerly of the NLD, and then met the senior NDF leaders.

In an interview with Mizzima, an NDF lawmaker-elect sought distance from the idea that this was in any way an official party-to-party meeting.

“The meeting is not related with us [the NDF]. They [NDF leaders] met the NLD not as NDF leaders but as former colleagues. It’s not related with the party so I have no comment on it,” he said. 

Khin Maung Swe said that the NDF leadership would meet Suu Kyi again but refused to disclose what they would discuss. 

suukyi-meets-ndf-leaders1The NLD announced on March 29 its decision against re-registering as a party to contest the November 7 national elections, citing the unfairness of the 2008 Constitution drafted by the junta and the biased nature of its associated electoral laws.

In response, 27 NLD members, including four central executive committee members and seven central committee members, broke away from the NLD and formed the NDF on May 6.

The NDF was approved as an official party by the junta’s Union Election Commission (UEC) on June 14 but just 16 out of 163 NDF candidates won seats in the elections last month, amid widespread, documented cases of electoral fraud by the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party and the UEC.

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