France 'shocked' by Myanmar's dissolution of Suu Kyi party

15th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

France Wednesday voiced profound shock at the dissolution of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party by the ruling military junta for its boycott of the first election in 20 years.

"This profoundly shocking situation is the result of iniquitous electoral laws dating from March," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told journalists.

"Evidently, conditions do not exist for November 7 elections to be considered democratic and credible."

State media, quoting the election commission, reported late Tuesday that the National League for Democracy had been abolished under controversial poll rules for failing to re-register ahead of the November 7 vote.

Although the dissolution automatically took effect in May it was the first time that authorities had formally announced the ban on the NLD, along with nine other parties.

© 2010 AFP

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