The main opposition National League for Democracy in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is reaching out to other activists to bolster its position ahead of elections later this year. In Myanmar, also known as Burma, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, receives flowers from supporters of her National League for Democracy Party, Yangon International Airport, June 10, 2015.In Myanmar, also known as Burma, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, receives flowers from supporters of her National League for Democracy Party, Yangon International Airport, June 10, 2015. The party, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has invited former student leaders and veteran politicians to join the NLD as candidates in November.
A leading member of 1988 student protests, Ko Ko Gyi, told VOA Burmese he has decided to join the NLD, and fellow activists also are considering a similar move. “I’ve already stated my intention to enter parliamentary politics,” he said. “Now that leaders of [the] 88 Generation group begin to migrate to parliamentary politics, we’re discussing [with the NLD] details of the election and candidates. But we don’t have any differences on basic principles.”
Veteran politician Thein Lwin, who was suspended from the NLD central committee earlier this year, also has announced he will contest the election. An education expert, he is a founding member of the National Network for Education Reform, a network formed in 2012 by education advocacy groups and some political parties, including the NLD.
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