Fri 8 Mar 2013

Suu Kyi's party to hold first national conference

  • By Yafit Lazar and 1 other
  • Last Update: 4 years ago
  • Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi's party is set to hold its first ever national conference as it slowly takes a mainstream role after decades of repression under Myanmar's former junta.

"We have been trying to convene such a nationwide conference for more than 20 years," Ohn Kyaing, a spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD), told AFP.

In the meeting, which is estimated to host about 1,500 delegates, the leadership of the party is expected to be determined.

"The main task of the conference is to elect the Central Committee and Central Executive body of the party," said Ohn Kyaing.

The NLD, which has 42 representatives in the lower house of parliament including Suu Kyi, is facing the challenge of further reinventing itself with growing expectations of new generations.

The NLD has been changing since the widely-supported reforms were introduced in Myanmar under a quasi-civilian regime that took power in 2011. A milestone of the change was the sight of Suu Kyi's once-outlawed democracy group entering parliament for the first time. - Burma's opposition NLD holds first congress on 2013-03-07

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