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Coalition group will not contest 2010 election

Mar 24, 2009 (DVB), Burmese political coalition group the Forum for Democracy in Burma has stated that it opposes the planned 2010 elections and will educate Burmese people about the problems with the election.

The statement was made at the end of a five-day seminar, which took place from 18 to 22 March, held at an unspecified place along the Thai-Burma border.

The FDB is a coalition of exiled organisations and activists. The seminar was attended by 32 coalition group members and five observers.

Dr Naing Aung, leader of the FDB, said the coalition had chosen to stand strong against the ruling State Peace and Development Council's plan to hold elections in 2010, and vowed that the group would cooperate with the public for their campaign.

"We will be educating our people more about the election," he said.

"The aim of the election is to bring the 2008 constitution to life which would lead us to remain as slaves of the military the same as 20 years ago," said Naing Aung.

The 1990 elections were won by the opposition National League for Democracy in a landslide victory but the military government ignored the results and has continued to rule.

"We will be looking for various methods to fight for our rights," he added.

"It is unlikely that we would be on safe ground when calling for our rights since Burma is ruled by an oppressive government."

Reporting by Nay Htoo


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