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Suu Kyi to sue military junta

Suu Kyi to sue military junta
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to a crowd in this undated photo. (UPI Photo) | License Photo

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is suing the military junta for dissolving her National League for Democracy party, a deputy chairman said.

Tin Oo, the deputy chairman of the opposition part, said the military junta overstepped its authority by dissolving the party.

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"Which constitution gave them the power to disband us because they say so? The junta is an illegal government itself," he told the opposition news agency The Democratic Voice of Burma.

Suu Kyi is also trying to challenge her house detention, though authorities won't let her discuss the case with her lawyers, the opposition news agency adds.

Myanmar is having general elections in November that military rulers said was a path toward civilian leadership in the country. The international community scrutinized a decision by military leaders to disband 10 political parties in September, making them unable to compete in the election.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Group of Friends on Myanmar last week that Myanmar needed to release the Nobel Peace Prize laureate to lend credibility to the political process.

Suu Kyi is eligible to vote, though she has been under house arrest for nearly 15 years. She led her National League for Democracy to a 1990 victory, though the results were never recognized

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Authorities announced last week they would release Suu Kyi before the November vote, CNN reported, though her lawyers are skeptical.

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