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Suu Kyi won't vote, lawyer says

OSLO, Norway, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said it is illegal for her to vote in November elections in Myanmar despite a ruling by the military junta.

Myanmar authorities disbanded 10 political parties, including Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, ahead of a general election in November. Military authorities, however, said the detained Nobel Peace Prize laureate could vote in the election even though her party can't take part.

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Nyan Win, Suu Kyi's lawyer, told the Democratic Voice of Burma that "there is no reason for her to vote as she understood that the election law states that those who are serving prison terms are prohibited from voting."

Members of the disbanded NLB, meanwhile, are called on to boycott the November elections.

The country's foreign minister told the U.N. General Assembly in September that there were 37 political parties from different ethnic groups competing in the election.

"Such a large participation made it crystal clear that the elections become virtually inclusive," he said.

Critics complain, however, that the election is controlled by the military junta, which gets a guaranteed a 20 percent of the seats in parliament

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