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Burma Military Government Holds Rally For Its Political Reforms - 2003-09-21


A government media report in Burma says the ruling military has held a rally in the capital, Rangoon, to demonstrate support for its recently announced political and economic reforms.

A government-owned publication (the New Light of Myanmar) says more than 15,000 turned out at the event organized by the Union Solidarity and Development Association.

The military-backed group has been blamed for staging attacks against Burma's jailed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burma's new Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt Po announced the reforms late last month (August 30th), promising a new constitution and new elections, but giving no timetable for enacting the plan.

The opposition National League for Democracy won Burma's 1990 elections, but military rulers refused to yield power.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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