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Burma plans an election at the gun point

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Burma's military regime sponsored the 1990 General Elections because of the continuous domestic and international demands in the name of democracy. Although its leader Aung San Suu Kyi was in custody, National League for Democracy won a landslide victory by 82 percent of the parliamentary seats on 27 May, 1990. The election result upset the apple cart of the junta.

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Later, the junta refused to honour it and Aung San Suu Kyi has been under detention for scores of years till now. Besides, thousands of students, NLD members and supporters have been thrown into prison as well. There are approximately 2200 political prisoners still in various prisons throughout the country. By refusing to honour the results of the 1990 election, the military regime made it clear publicly that they will not respect people's votes at all. The stupidity of the generals is that they have poor knowledge about the people's ballots. The results of the people's votes or election result will remain valid until Members of Parliament themselves agreed to end the assembly.

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The nastiest is that without honouring the 1990 election result, the head of the junta has been planning to launch another election in this 2010. It's a kind of immoral act insulting the whole nation and its people by deleting the 1990 people's ballots. The majority of the population who want genuine change cannot forget the immorality of the generals. The junta's shortsightedness toward the future of Burma visibly starts a civil strife in the poverty stricken country since the unjust election laws released.

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Currently, Burma is at a crucial political crossroads. While the military regime wants to keep up its power via sham 2010 elections, the people, who long for genuine change, are demanding basic human rights such as freedoms of expression and association. But the junta seems as stubborn as a mule and no mood to allow civil liberty.

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The military regime has intentionally barred pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running in upcoming elections and forced her party to expel her under a new election law unveiled on March 10. This is causing serious political mayhem in the military-ruled country.

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Zin Linn was born on February 9, 1946 in a small town in Mandalay Division. He began writing poems in 1960 and received a B.A (Philosophy) in 1976. He became an activist in the High School Union after the students' massacre on 7th July 1962. (more...)
 

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