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NDF to Propose Interfaith Marriage Law in Parliament

5 July 2013

The National Democratic Front (NDF), a political party that broke away from the National League for Democracy to contest elections in 2010, is planning to submit a draft law restricting marriage between Buddhists and Muslims to Parliament, according to the Democratic Voice of Burma. NDF leader Khin Maung Swe said that the proposed law would not be identical to the one promoted by the Buddhist nationalist 969 movement, but would involve “some limitations, or steps to carry out before getting married.” He said that the law aims to protect poor Buddhist women from non-Buddhists who “take advantage” of their impoverished circumstances. The law, which has not yet been drafted, will be submitted to Parliament within two weeks, he said.