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National League for Democracy

Invite's 'age limit' puts off China visit by Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: AFP

Members of Myanmar's leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy, will make their first official visit to China next week - but leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend because the party said Beijing excluded delegates older than 60.

Saturday, 4 May, 2013, 5:42am 2 comments

Myanmar's opposition set for historic China visit - but Suu Kyi 'too old' to go

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during the first ever congress of her National League for Democracy in Yangon. Photo: AP

In an historic first, a delegation of Myanmar's leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy, will visit China next week - but leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not be joining them because the invitation was for delegates under 60 years old.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Suu Kyi reappointed head of Myanmar's NLD

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the NLD conference. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of opposition members gathered in Yangon this weekend for their first national conference. The meeting highlighted the myriad challenges facing the opposition, including its lack of experience as well as internal divisions that saw four members banned from attending, accused of trying to influence the voting.

11 Mar 2013 - 5:21am

Suu Kyi's plea for unity at first party congress

Aung San Suu Kyi

Speaking at the first congress of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Suu Kyi urged a revival of the "spirit of fraternity" which saw it build a huge base during junta rule.

11 Mar 2013 - 2:52pm

Suu Kyi’s NLD party holds landmark Myanmar congress

The NLD is holding its national congress from March 8 to 10, the first since its formation in 1988. Photo: Reuters

Aung San Suu Kyi’s long-silenced opposition opened its first ever party conference on Friday, as it sets its sights on the challenges of power in Myanmar after years in the political wilderness.

8 Mar 2013 - 6:19pm

The vote may be won, but Suu Kyi's battle lies ahead

It is never easy to persuade those who have acquired power forcibly of the wisdom of peaceful change,' Aung San Suu Kyi once remarked. But the leader of Burma's main pro-democracy party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), never wavered in her belief that it was possible. Now it may actually be happening.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Growing pains lie ahead for Suu Kyi's party

It is perhaps hard to remember that less than two years ago Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the old men of her National League for Democracy (NLD) were at one of their lowest ebbs.

Suu Kyi was under house arrest, hundreds of other activists in jail or exile and their headquarters shuttered, along with shops selling her writings and posters.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Opposition asks Beijing to prod junta into accepting world's help

Exiled Myanmese opposition leaders this week renewed contacts with China, urging that Beijing push Myanmar's ruling junta to allow full-scale international efforts to ease a worsening humanitarian crisis.

10 May 2008 - 12:00am

Pressure pays off

It is easy to view sceptically recent conciliatory actions by the ruling generals in Burma towards the country's beleaguered opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

28 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Junta-staged rally struggles to stir disapproval of opposition

The country's equivalent of a communist political party appears to be wilting in the harsh glare of popular derision.

When the regime organised one of its 'spontaneous' political rallies last Saturday in Mandalay, the Union Solidarity and Development Association played a relatively low-key role.

30 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Opening ASEAN's eyes

When members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations decided last year to admit Burma to their organisation, the move was presented as the best means to bring about a rapprochement between the ruling junta and the National League for Democracy (NLD) of Aung San Suu Kyi.

9 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Making the same moves as Mao

FOUR decades ago, Mao Zedong unleashed the 'Let One Hundred Flowers Bloom, Let One Hundred Schools of Thought Contend' movement.

This policy of encouraging China's hitherto tightly controlled intellectuals to criticise the communist authorities has generally been seen as a wily trick to flush his liberal opponents out into the open - the better to destroy them later.

13 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Pressure on Burma grows

International pressure mounted on Burma yesterday, with Thailand calling for its admission to ASEAN to be delayed.

In comments described as the strongest criticism of Rangoon by a neighbour, Thai deputy premier Kasem Kasemsri said the country needed 'more time to resolve its internal problems' before it could be admitted.

26 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Tough task needs delicate touch

NO ONE doubts that the slight, almost bird-like leader of the Burmese opposition movement, Aung San Suu Kyi, has a will of steel.

3 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Burmese daze

THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has long pursued a policy of 'constructive engagement' with the generals who seized control of Burma after Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won the country's first free election in May 1990.

9 Feb 1995 - 12:00am