Aung San Suu Kyis party not to enter Burma Elections

#1
I'm so confused as to how should I feel about 'free' parties not entering elections where it's likely they'll lose through corruption, rigging, oppression etc.

Something in me says; Go for it, you might never know you might get enough support to achieve something. The other half says; Why get involved in something that will potentially legitimise a corrupt regime.

There's plenty of views and cynics could argue that some of these 'free' parties don't have enough of the popular public support to win in there own rights, but it sometimes feels like that if you don't try . . . .

BBC Link

Burma's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) says it will not take part in the country's first elections in two decades.

An NLD spokesman said the party had decided not to register because of "unjust" electoral laws.

The laws recently announced by the junta required the NLD to expel its detained leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, because she has a criminal record.

The laws also bar all political prisoners from taking part.

No date has been set for the elections, but the military has pledged to hold them this year.
 
#2
Kinda puts the endless 'Liebore' frothing into perspective. Here's a real dictatorship in action.

Personally, I think they should stand. As a democratic party, they need to show commitment to the democratic cause. It may well be a farce now, but it won't always be.
 

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