The Myanmar Military Wants To Get Rid Of The Oppossition Party

As a result of the alleged involvement of Aung San Suu Kyi’s former ruling party in electoral fraud, Myanmar’s military-appointed state elections commission may consider dissolving the party and accusing its leaders of treason.

The National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, first came to power in 2015 following a landslide vote victory, and won an even larger majority in last November’s general election.

Her second term was slated to begin in February 2021 when the military seized power, arresting her and dozens of top government officials and party members.

A military leader cited widespread fraud on the voter lists as the reason for the military’s takeover.

Similar allegations were made by the army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, which suffered unexpectedly heavy losses in the election.

Reports of widespread irregularities are disputed by independent observers.

Chairman of the Union Election Commission Thein Soe told the meeting that an investigation of the last election will show that the NLD worked illegally with the government to gain an advantage at the polls.

The party will be investigated to determine if it should be dissolved and if those involved should be punished as traitors, he said.

Since the coup, the NLD has been harassed, with many of its members arrested and offices raided and closed.

Security forces have killed more than 800 people since protests broke out after the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, though verifying the deaths is difficult since many journalists are among the thousands of people in jail.

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