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Suu Kyi party calls for her freedom on anniv.
Yangon, Sept 27 (Agenceis):
Published on 27 Sep. 2009 11:58 PM IST
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Myanmar's leading opposition party marked its 21st anniversary on Sunday by calling on the country's military regime to free its detained leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Around 250 party members, diplomats and former political prisoners attended a gathering at the National League for Democracy's headquarters in Yangon, amid tight security, to celebrate the party's formation in 1988. "On our anniversary day I want to say that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should be allowed to take part freely in politics. She herself is a politician and our party is acknowledged by the government," NLD spokesman Nyan Win said. The party also called for the release of other detained political prisoners and the reopening of its regional offices around the country. The NLD won a landslide in 1990 elections but the junta refused to recognise the victory, and pro-democracy icon Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the past 20 years under house arrest or in jail. The ruling generals extended her house arrest by 18 months in August after convicting her of breaching the terms of her detention, after an American man swam uninvited to her house. The sentence keeps her out of the way for elections promised by the junta in 2010. The NLD has not yet said if it will take part in the polls, which critics say are a sham to legitimise the generals' grip on power.

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