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Suu Kyi's party urges Myanmar junta to delay vote

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party calls the junta to postpone a constitutional referendum this weekend after the devastating cyclone.

world Updated: May 09, 2008 08:31 IST

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party called the junta to postpone a constitutional referendum this weekend after the devastating cyclone that has left tens of thousands dead.

"With this situation, it is not the appropriate time to hold the referendum," National League for Democracy spokesman Nyan Win said.

The military has insisted the referendum will go ahead on Saturday in most of the impoverished state except in areas worst hit by cyclone Nargis, which has devastated the Irrawaddy delta and badly affected the main city Yangon.