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(Reuters) -The Myanmar junta-appointed electoral commission will dissolve Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) Party over what it called a fraud in the November elections, a Myanmar Now news outlet said on Friday, citing a commissioner.
Myanmar Now said the decision was taken at a meeting with political parties boycotted by many parties, including the NLD.
Myanmar’s military seized power on February 1, overthrowing and detaining elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who fought for democracy for decades before interim reforms began ten years ago.
The military justified the coup by accusing Suu Kyi’s NLD of securing a landslide victory through a manipulated vote, although the then electoral commission dismissed his complaints.
The election fraud carried out by the NLD in November was illegal “so we will have to dissolve the party’s registration,” said junta-backed Union Election Commission (UEC) chairman Thein Soe, as quoted in the report. . said those who committed the electoral fraud “will be considered traitors” and that action will be taken against them.
A spokesperson for the junta and a pro-democracy underground national unity government, which includes ousted members of the NLD, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A spokesperson for the Army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party said he had representatives at the meeting, which was still going on, and was unaware of the result.
Security forces have killed more than 800 people since a wave of protests erupted after the coup, the activist group of the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners said, although Reuters was not able to verify victims due to media crackdown, with many journalists among the thousands detained.
Fighting also erupted between security forces and ethnic minority guerrilla groups.
The unrest has alarmed Myanmar’s neighbors and the international community at large, but the generals have shown no signs of seeking compromise with the pro-democracy movement.
The NLD was formed around major opponents of the military regime during a student uprising in 1988 and won every election in which it was allowed to participate.
Co-founded by Suu Kyi, a leading figure in Myanmar’s struggle against dictatorship, the party won the majority of seats in the 1990 elections, but the junta did not recognize the result and it was not until 2015 that she comes to power with an overwhelming victory. .
Nobel laureate Suu Kyi faces multiple charges in two courts, the most serious under a colonial-era official secrets law, punishable by 14 years in prison.
Suu Kyi, 75, was only allowed to speak with lawyers via video link in the presence of security personnel. His co-accused is Win Myint, the deposed president.
Japan, one of Myanmar’s biggest donors, will have to rethink its aid to Myanmar if the situation in the Southeast Asian country does not improve, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said in Tokyo.
(Reporting by Reuters staff; Written by Martin Petty, Ed Davies; Editing by Robert Birsel and Simon Cameron-Moore)