Law amending three sections of Political Party Registration Law approved

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burma’s state-run TV announced on Friday that President Thein Sein has signed a law that amends three key areas of the Political Party Registration Law.

Both houses of the Burmese Parliament had previously approved the amendments.

There was a change in the wording that all political parties must “protect” the country’s Constitution. It was amended to “respect” the Constitution.

The new law cancelled two clauses: a clause that restricted serving prisoners from being a member of a political party and a clause that said a political party needs to contest in at least three parliamentary seats in an election. 

Last week, Mizzima reported that political observers said the amendments were designed to pave the way for the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), to re-register as a political party. The NLD decided not to re-register to run in the 2010 election, saying there were elements in the 2008 Constitution that were not democratic.

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