Rangoon -Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi this weekend launched a website to consolidate international links and speed up “democratic union” in her military-led country.
“A good communication system is essential to our endeavour to set up a people’s network for democracy that will span the whole world,” Suu Kyi said in a statement posted online Monday. By moving the message of her National League for Democracy (NLD) opposition party online, “I believe we shall be able to achieve our goal of a democratic union at a faster pace,” she said.
The statement was co-signed by NLD vice chairman Tin Oo. The website, http://www.nldburma.org, was made possible when authorities allowed Suu Kyi internet access on November 21.
The NLD is Burma’s main opposition party. It won the 1990 general election by a landslide, but has been blocked from power by the ruling junta for the past 20 years, with most of its leadership thrown in jail. The NLD boycotted the November election in response to new regulations that would have required it to drop its leader Suu Kyi as a member. As a consequence of the boycott, it lost its party status.