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NLD to celebrate 1990 Burmese general election anniversary

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Once upon a time, Burma elected a government that never assumed power, thanks to an autocratic military regime loath to give up its rule.

A file photo of the headquarters of the National League for Democracy in Rangoon. Photo: MizzimaThe NLD plans to celebrate the 1990 general election anniversary on Friday with a ‘welcome home’ party for newly released political prisoners. The NLD won a majority of seats in the 1990 election which was not honored by the then military regime, which took power in a coup on May 27, 1990.

Papers will be read during the festivities and a welcome party will be held for about 50 political prisoners who were released from prisons on May 17 in the newly elected government’s 1-year commutation of all prison sentences.

Two papers, ‘Why the NLD Contested in the 1990 General Election?’ and ‘Why Didn’t the NLD Contest the 2010 Election?’, will be presented, and Sai Saw Aung of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy will talk about  ethnic group opinions on the 1990 and 2010 general elections.

The NLD won the 1990 general election in a landslide victory with more than 82 percent of the seats.

Recalling those dark days, Win Htein, the administrator of NLD General-Secretary Aung San Suu Kyi’s office, told Mizzima: ‘They have tried to suppress and eliminate the 1990 election results by various means for 20 years. They arrested people. They put others under house arrest and some were put behind bars. Some were restricted in their movements, confined to a designated area. How can we forget this brutal treatment inflicted on the NLD?’

Te Te contributed to this story.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:56 )  

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