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Subject: BBC-Burmese opposition leader speaks out 

Monday, November 23, 1998 Published at 11:09 GMT

World: Asia-Pacific

Burmese opposition leader speaks out

The leader of the Burmese National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi,
says recent mass resignations from her party have been forced by the
military government.

Aung San Suu Kyi, in her first public apprearance for two months, told
journalists and diplomats in Rangoon that support for the NLD -- which
overwhelmingly won the last general election in 1990 -- remained strong.

She vowed to continue her campaign for a parliament to be convened of
elected representatives.

At the weekend, a Burmese military spokesman said all those who had resigned
from the NLD had done so voluntarily, having seen the error of their ways
during extended visits to government guest houses.

Several hundred party members remain in detention.

>From the newsroom of the BBC World Service