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Burma's Constitutional Convention Adjourns - 2004-07-09


After weeks of closed-door meetings, Burma's military government has adjourned a national convention that is supposed to draft a new constitution.

The convention's top official (Lieutenant General Thein Sein) told delegates Friday no firm date has been set for reconvening the meetings. He said the break is designed to give committees time to study ideas proposed at the convention.

Military leaders began the convention May 17th and billed it as the first step on a so-called roadmap to democracy. But the country's main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, is not participating.

It opted out after the military government refused to free its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from house arrest. She has been detained for more than a year.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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