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NLD to Hold First Party Congress Next Month

12 February 2013

Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), announced on Monday that it will hold its first ever national congress on March 8-10. “It will be the NLD’s first nationwide conference held in democratic conditions since the party was founded,” party spokesman Ohn Kyaing was quoted by AFP as saying. The meeting, which will be attended by around 1,500 delegates, had originally been scheduled for the end of February. The party was founded in 1988 and won elections two years later, but was persecuted for the next two decades by the country’s former ruling junta.