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Myanmar Opposition Member Resigns

Subject: Myanmar Opposition Member  Resigns from Parliament 


               Myanmar Opposition Member
               Resigns from Parliament


               YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A member of Myanmar's chief
opposition party
               has resigned as a member of the parliament elected in 1990
but never allowed
               by the military government to meet, a state newspaper said

               Min Thu Wun, an 89-year-old scholar and poet, cited age as
his reason for
               stepping down, the newspaper New Light of Myanmar said. 

               The resignation adds to the dozens of members of the
parliament who have quit
               in recent years. Some have accused the government of
pressuring them to resign.

               Min Thu Wun is the second member of parliament for the
National League for
               Democracy, headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu
Kyi, to have
               quit since Suu Kyi stepped up a campaign against the
military government in

               Myanmar, also known as Burma, has been ruled by the military
since 1962. Suu
               Kyi rose to prominence in anti-government uprisings in 1988
that were bloodily
               suppressed. The military allowed elections in 1990 but never
honored the results
               after the opposition won in a landslide. 

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