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NEWS - Myanmar Opposition Member Re

Subject: NEWS - Myanmar Opposition Member Resigns

Tuesday November 3 11:51 AM EDT 

Myanmar Opposition Member Resigns

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 Tuesday.

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 July.

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.