Burmese Opposition Leader Calls for Election Boycott

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Burma's most popular opposition leader is telling her supporters to boycott elections scheduled for November. The country has had been under quasi-military rule since the 1960s, and the ruling junta has prevented any meaningful political opposition. They've prevented opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from being on the ballot, so she's encouraging her supporters not to vote at all.

On Wednesday, detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said that voters should not vote in upcoming elections… if they were going to vote for her party, the National League for Democracy.

"She told us that she was hearing people ask on the radio who the people should vote for in the upcoming elections since the National League for Democracy is not running in it. Her answer to this question is that the people should not vote if they don't know who to vote for in the absence of the NLD."

Nyan Win met Suu Kyi in her house yesterday, where she remains under house arrest.

"She also said that it's very unfair to name the election date at very short notice. It's an insult to the people."

27 million people are eligible to vote in elections on November 7.

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