Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Burma: Democracy junta style - bar the opposition

Burma's military rulers have given a clear indication of their definition of democracy, by using a technicality to bar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, from running for election under the country's proposed new constitution.

Burma's foreign minister told a regional gathering in Singapore that the new constitution would bar Ms Suu Kyi from running because she had been married to a foreigner.

The draft for the constitution has now been complete ahead of a referendum in May, and multi-party elections scheduled for 2010.