Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the symbol of resistance against the ruling junta, has been dissolved in compliance with new electoral laws. The National League for Democracy declined to meet a May 6 deadline to re-register as a political party and boycotted the vote scheduled for later this year. Registering for the polls would have required the expulsion of Suu Kyi from the NLD.
Senior member and co-founder Win Tin said the NLD would continue to function as a group, rather than a political party though certain reports have suggested the possibility of members forming their own parties in order to qualify for elections.
The NLD formed in 1988, in the wake of anti-government violence which left thousands dead. Since the party's 1990 election win, Ms Suu Kyi has spent much of her time in some form of detention or house arrest.
The forthcoming polls will be Burma's first in 20 years. No confirmed date has been set yet.
Aung San Suu Kyi's Party to be Abolished [ChannelNewsAsia, 7 May 2010]
Burma's NLD Democracy Party Faces Dissolution [BBC News, 6 May 2010]