Junta’s NUP Ready to Open 2010 Election Campaign

by Irrawaddy news:The chairman of the National Unity Party (NUP), which replaced the Burma Socialist Program Party (BSPP), said this week the party is ready to start campaign efforts in the 2010 general election, according to the Rangoon weekly, True News.

In a front page report in the weekly on Tuesday, NUP Chairman Tun Yee was quoted as telling party members in an Independence Day message, “In 2009, our party will focus on political organization.”

It was the first time political campaign news about the 2010 election was published on the front page of a private journal, according to journalists in Rangoon. One journalist said authorities probably pressured the weekly to put the story in the publication.

However, a True News staff member who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Irrawaddy on Wednesday that the weekly ran the story on its own. continue

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