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Burma Promises To Restart Constitutional Convention - 2004-10-24


Burma's military government says it plans to resume a national convention at the end of the rainy season in November aimed at drafting a new constitution, despite the recent ouster of the country's Prime Minister Khin Nyunt.

Saturday's announcement by convention chairman General Thein Sien comes several days after Khin Nyunt was removed from power.

His ouster led to speculation there may be a further delay in restarting the convention, which Burma's military rulers say is the first step in a seven-point reform plan they call the "roadmap to democracy."

Previous sessions of the government-organized meeting have been dismissed as a sham by the opposition National League for Democracy and many in the international community, including the United States.

Burma's military rulers have been in power since 1962. They refused to turn over power to the NLD which won a landslide victory in the 1990 elections.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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