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Suu Kyi asks Supreme Court to stop party dissolution

world Updated: Apr 29, 2010 18:53 IST
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Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi filed a lawsuit with Myanmar's Supreme Court on Thursday in an attempt to prevent the dissolution of her party under a controversial new election law.

The detained pro-democracy icon's lawyer said two suits were submitted against the top junta leader Senior General Than Shwe, one on behalf of Suu Kyi herself and the other by her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

The Nobel peace laureate asked the court to annul the part of the election law that would have forced the party to oust its detained leader in order to participate in the first polls to be held in two decades.

Instead, her party decided last month to boycott the elections, which are expected to be later this year. The NLD faces dissolution if it fails to re-register by May 6.

In addition, the lawsuits asked for the formation of a parliament made up of lawmakers who won in 1990 elections, her lawyer Kyi Win told reporters.

The Supreme Court is expected to announce Friday whether it will accept the request to hear the matter, he said. Suu Kyi's party won a landslide victory in the 1990 polls, but the junta never allowed it to take office, and placed her under house arrest for 14 of the next 20 years.

Myanmar's new election law nullifies the result of the 1990 polls.

"You can't change the rules during the game," Kyi Win said of the new legislation. "We have to say these matters at the high court if we are allowed."

In February the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Suu Kyi against her extended house arrest.

The 64-year-old opposition leader had her incarceration lengthened by 18 months in August after being convicted over a bizarre incident in which an American man swam to her lakeside home in Yangon.

Critics dismiss the planned elections as a sham designed to entrench the power of the military which has ruled since 1962. Myanmar's prime minister and 22 other ministers retired from their military posts this week, in a move seen as converting the leadership to civilian form ahead of elections due this year.