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Myanmar dissolves Suu Kyi-led NLD as election deadline passes

Ruling party ousted by military does not register for poll dismissed as sham

Myanmar protesters living in Japan show off a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi and raise three-finger salutes at a rally in Tokyo during February, marking the second anniversary of Myanmar's 2021 coup.   © Reuters

(Reuters) -- The ousted ruling party of Myanmar's former de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was among 40 political parties dissolved on Tuesday, after they failed to meet a registration deadline for an election set to perpetuate the military's political dominance.

The National League for Democracy is among dozens of parties that held parliamentary seats in the past decade that were severely weakened by the military's 2021 coup and crackdown on its opponents.

Many of the parties are unable or unwilling to contest the election, which has been widely dismissed by critics as a sham.

In a live broadcast late on Tuesday, state-run Myawaddy TV said 63 parties had registered for the election at the local or national level and named 40 parties that were automatically disbanded for failure to sign up.

The polls, for which no date has been announced, are almost certain to be swept by the Union Solidarity and Development Party, a military proxy that was trounced by the NLD in the 2015 election and in a 2020 vote that the generals eventually voided, citing unaddressed irregularities.

The hugely popular Nobel laureate Suu Kyi is among scores of NLD officials currently in prison. She has been found guilty of multiple counts of corruption, a breach of a state secrets law and incitement, among other crimes.

The NLD has previously declared the polls as illegitimate and refused to register.

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