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Myanmar Opposition Member Resigns
- Subject: Myanmar Opposition Member Resigns
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- Date: Wed, 04 Nov 1998 00:27:00
Subject: Myanmar Opposition Member Resigns from Parliament
Myanmar Opposition Member
Resigns from Parliament
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A member of Myanmar's chief
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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