Myanmar opposition splinters

July 10, 2010, midnight

In Myanmar last week, the National Democratic Force (NDF), a breakaway faction of the country’s main pro-democracy party, The National League for Democracy (NLD), registered to contest elections later this year. The NLD, led by democracy advocate Aung San SUU KYI, is boycotting the poll, which it believes will be rigged. SUU KYI expressed disappointment with the new NDF and its decision to contest the election. The NLD is also upset that the National Democratic Force is using a similar symbol to its own party logo. The Myanmar government has not announced a formal date for the election, which will be the country’s first since 1990. During that election, the NLD won a resounding victory, but the ruling military junta refused to respect the results.

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