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Burma: National Convention to Resume in February - 2004-11-24


A top member of Burma's military government says a national convention aimed at drafting a new constitution will resume in February.

State-run media quoted Lieutenant General Thein Sein as saying the convention would resume as part of the military government's so-called "road map" to democracy.

The convention's first session was held from May to July. A second session was expected to begin in October, but the convention's future was thrown into doubt following last month's ouster of Burmese Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt.

Burma's opposition National League for Democracy is boycotting the convention due to the military government's refusal to free its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from house arrest.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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