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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     14 December 2011

Suu Kyi’s NLD granted legal status

YANGON, Dec 13

Myanmar's main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, was granted re-registration as a legal political party, according to an announcement of the Union Election Commission published on official media Tuesday.

As a political comeback, the NLD registered with 21 members including U Tin Oo, Aung San Suu Kyi, U Win Tin, U Nyan Win, U Han Thar Myint, Dr. Daw May Win Myint, Daw Nan Khin Htway Myint and Daw Khin Htay Kywe, according to local sources.

The NLD had made clear earlier that it would run the upcoming by-elections by contesting in all constituencies available in the country after the party regained legal status.

For this purpose, the NLD has also formed a 21-member Committee for Winning the Election, led by U Tin Oo, to start the canvassing work for vote.

The date of the upcoming by-elections are yet to be announced by the election commission.

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