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U Kyi Maung: Former Burmese Pro Democracy Leader Dies - 2004-08-20


A former leader of Burma's pro-democracy movement, Kyi Maung, has died at age 85.

Party officials in Rangoon say Kyi Maung, a former army colonel and co-founder of the National League for Democracy, died Thursday of heart failure.

As a party vice chairman, Kyi Maung led the democracy group to a sweeping election victory in 1990, but later fell out with its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. He left the party in 1997.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under detention since May of 2003 after a clash between her supporters and pro-government demonstrators.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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