NLD tries to sue junta for breach of promise

Mar 3, 2008 (DVB), The National League for Democracy has tried to sue the ruling State Peace and Development Council for breach of promise due to its failure to recognise the results of the 1990 general election.

NLD spokesperson and lawyer U Nyan Win went with NLD chairman U Aung Shwe to the Supreme Court on 29 February to file the complaint.

But the deputy director of the Supreme Court took the documents they filed and submitted the matter to SPDC officials, keeping the NLD members waiting from about 12 noon to 1.30pm before informing them that their case could not be accepted.

U Nyan Win said that the NLD's challenge was based on section 3 of the 1989 People's Parliament Law, which states that parliament must be convened with elected representatives, and paragraph 12 of Order No 1/90, where the government promised it would convene the parliament of representatives.

"Although it was promised, the parliament has not been convened up to now," U Nyan Win said.

"Not only has parliament not been convened, the authorities went further and released Announcements No 1/2008 and 2/2008 declaring that a referendum would be held to ratify the state constitution and an election will be held in 2010," he went on.

"These announcements gave us the legal opportunity to file a complaint."

U Nyan Win said it was the first time the NLD had attempted to file a legal complaint about the election, and said the NLD would continue with its legal battle against the regime.

"The key issue that we want to raise here is that we will continue to use legal means to challenge an act that has been committed against the will of the people on a national scale," he said.

Reporting by Htet Aung Kyaw

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