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NEWS - Myanmar Military Says 153
- Subject: NEWS - Myanmar Military Says 153
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 21:51:00
Subject: NEWS - Myanmar Military Says 153 More Opposition Members Resign
Myanmar Military Says 153 More Opposition Members Resign
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -- Another 153 members of
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political
party have resigned, state media reported Thursday.
The state-run New Light of Myanmar said 125 members in
the southern city of Myeik and 28 members from the South
Okkalapa district of Yangon quit "because they no longer
wished to participate in party politics."
The military government says more than 10,000 members of
Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy have voluntarily
resigned, and more than 40 township party offices have
been closed since September.
Suu Kyi and other NLD leaders have said the resignations
were coerced by military intelligence units threatening
members. Suu Kyi has won a Nobel Peace Prize for her
efforts to bring democracy to Myanmar, also known as
The NLD has filed a criminal lawsuit against Gen. Khin
Nyunt, the intelligence chief, charging him with
forcing NLD members to resign.
The military government controls the courts, however, and
so the lawsuit has no chance of succeeding.
The resignations began in September after the military
detained nearly 1,000 NLD members to prevent Suu Kyi from
convening the parliament elected in 1990.
Her party captured 82 percent of the seats in the
but the military, stung by defeat, never allowed it to
NLD members detained by the military were allowed to
return home if they signed pledges to quit the party.
who refused still remain in detention.