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Burmese Opposition Calls on Military to Recognize 1990 Elections - 2004-05-27


Burma's pro-democracy opposition party has marked the 14th anniversary of its victory in national elections by again calling on the country's military government to honor the results.

Foreign diplomats joined members and supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy in commemorating the 1990 election today (Thursday) at the party's Rangoon headquarters.

Party chairman Aung Shwe told reporters that those who deny the results of the election do not want change or reform. He said Burma's military government has no choice but to convene the country's parliament and accept the will of Burma's people.

The National League for Democracy won 392 of 485 contested seats in the 1990 vote. But Burma's military government never recognized the results.

Burmese military officials are now holding a constitutional convention which they claim is part of plans to restore democracy to the country. But the NLD is boycotting the event, in part because the military government refuses to release Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

The Nobel laureate was taken into custody last year following clashes between her supporters and a pro-government mob in northern Burma.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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