Mass resignations from Suu Kyi's opposition party
The latest NLD resignations were from Singu in central Myanmar, bringing the total number of resignations so far to nearly 130.Updated: May 08, 2006 11:46 IST
Dozens of members of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party have resigned, state-run media reported on Saturday, just weeks after the military junta threatened to dissolve the opposition party.
State-run newspapers have reported that members of the opposition National League for Democracy have been resigning en masse and of their own accord since the end of April when the junta said it had enough evidence to de-register the party for its alleged links with illegal organisations.
However, NLD spokesman Nyan Win said that four party members informed him today that local authorities gave them printed resignation statements, which they were told to sign. The said they signed the papers against their will for fear of reprisal.
"NLD members are resigning because of coercion by local authorities, and it is not true that they are resigning at their own will," Nyan Win said.
Nyan Win said he expects more resignations to follow from other parts of the country.
The latest NLD resignations were members from Singu province in central Myanmar, bringing the total number of resignations so far to nearly 130, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported.
The 62 former party members were disappointed with the NLD leadership, saying it has "no ability to lead, and the future is bleak," the report said.
Local newspapers have reported recently that several other NLD members mostly from northern Shan state have resigned because they were dismayed with the NLD's policies and its negative views of developments within the country.
First Published: May 08, 2006 11:46 IST