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Myanmar Opposition Nld Members Re

Subject: Myanmar Opposition Nld   Members Resign: Newspaper 


               Myanmar Opposition Nld
               Members Resign: Newspaper


               YANGON (Nov. 9) XINHUA - A total of 68 members of three
               branches of Myanmar's opposition National League for
Democracy (NLD) have
               resigned and two branches of the group dissolved recently,
the official New
               Light of Myanmar newspaper reported Monday. 

               The NLD members, who resigned "out of their own volition
since they had no
               desire to carry out political activities of the NLD," are
from Thanbyuzayat in
               Mon state, Myitkyina in Kachin state and Sittway in Rakhine
state, the report

               The NLD members respectively presented their resignations to
the township
               Multi-Party Democracy Election Commission offices. 

               The report added that the number of NLD members has been
               considerably due to member deaths, resignations and other

               The NLD headquarters based in Yangon, however, said last
Saturday in a
               statement that "it could not accept the dissolution (of the
branches) at all," adding
               that "as a branch of the party, it has no right to do so
without the knowledge of
               the Central Headquarters." 

               The statement added that the members' resignation goes
against the Political
               Parties Registration Law issued by the authorities concerned. 

               The resignation of the NLD members and the dissolution of
the branches came
               after a series of government-organized "mass rallies" across
the country against
               the NLD and its leadership, especially Aung San Suu Kyi, the
party's general

               The NLD said that the authorities were "illegally" using the
people from all walks
               of life who are under "pressure" to express "the people's
desire," and created
               further political confusion. 

               It also stressed that it reserves the right to organize
similar mass rallies to present
               facts on the current situation in Myanmar as a legal
political party. 


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