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Myanmar Junta Seeks to Prolong Rule With Aung San Suu Kyi Party Ban, Says Unity Govt

File photo of Aung San Suu Kyi. (Image: AP)

File photo of Aung San Suu Kyi. (Image: AP)

The junta has promised to hold new elections within two years.

Myanmar’s military junta is seeking to prolong its rule by banning Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, an official in the shadow government said on Friday, responding to media reports that the party would be dissolved for alleged vote fraud.

“The announcement that the junta’s obedient electoral commission is banning the National League for Democracy is a blatantly undemocratic attempt to prolong military rule in defiance of the people," Dr Sasa, spokesman and minister in the National Unity Government, said in an emailed response to Reuters.

The junta has promised to hold new elections within two years.

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first published:May 21, 2021, 21:35 IST