April 29, 2010, midnight
Burmese Prime Minister THEIN SEIN and 20 other ministers resigned their military posts this week so they can run in the country's upcoming elections. The move will allow them to contest seats other than those reserved to the military. Burma's junta has certified five of 19 groups seeking to compete as political parties. The ruling military junta has also refused to allow opposition leader Aung San SUU KYI to participate, and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is boycotting the polls. While there is no official date for the elections, Senior General THAN SHWE says one is coming soon. This will be Burma's first election since 1990, when the military government refused to recognize a NLD win. SUU KYI has been under house arrest for 14 of the past 20 years.