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Myanmar: Military junta dissolves Suu Kyi’s party


In the 2021 coup in Myanmar, the government under Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi was overthrown – now the military junta is dissolving the then ruling NLD party. It was said that she had not re-registered as necessary.

The military junta in Myanmar has dissolved the NLD party of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. This was reported by the state media, citing the election commission. The National League for Democracy, which won overwhelming victories over military-backed parties in the 2015 and 2020 elections, will be “automatically deleted as a political party,” according to broadcaster MRTV.

According to state media, the party had not been re-registered as required by a new law introduced by the military junta. In January, the junta gave political parties two months to re-register.

The NLD announced that it did not want to take action against the dissolution. A total of 40 political parties had been dissolved, the television reported. 63 parties have registered for the local and national elections, for which no date has yet been set.

Violence and chaos since coup 2021

In the coup on February 1, 2021, the military overthrew the government at the time and arrested its de facto boss, Suu Kyi. Since then, Myanmar has descended into chaos and violence. The population protested for months with rallies, civil disobedience actions and strikes. The military is cracking down on the protests and armed resistance by anti-junta militias.

More than 3,100 people have been killed and more than 20,000 others arrested since the coup. The EU and the US have imposed sanctions on the military leadership.

State of emergency extended by six months

The military justifies its 2021 seizure of power with fraud in the 2020 election. Suu Kyi has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for various alleged offences.

This year was supposed to be the first election since the coup. Opponents of the junta said the elections were neither free nor fair. Last month, however, the junta announced a six-month extension of the state of emergency in the country and postponed the elections originally planned until August.