Ethnic Political Parties

   Following promulgation of the 1988 Political Party Registration Law by the State Law and Order Restoration Council, parties were established that claimed to represent ethnic minority communities and contested the General Election of May 27, 1990. Among the most important were the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), which won 23 Pyithu Hluttaw seats out of the 57 it contested (the second largest total after the National League for Democracy, which won 392 seats); the Arakan League for Democracy, which won 11 out of the 26 seats it contested; and the Mon National Democratic Front, which won 5 out of the 20 seats contested. Sixteen other ethnic parties won between one and three seats. In 2005, only the SNLD and seven much smaller parties, including three that won no seats in 1990, were still in existence, the others having been "deregistered" by the government.

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