Nai Htin, the chairman of Burma's New Mon State Party, has died at the age of 85.
Party officials say Nai Htin passed away Monday in the Mon state capital city of Moulmein in southern Burma. He was recently hospitalized for a bout of malaria.
Nai Htin was chosen as leader of the Mon ethnic group in 2003 after the death of chairman Naing Shwe Kyin.
The party signed a cease-fire deal with the ruling military junta in 1995 with the intention of holding political dialogues.
Information for this report is provided by AFP.