National Democratic Force

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National Democratic Force
President Khin Maung Swe
Chairman Than Nyein
Split from National League for Democracy
Headquarters Bahan Township, Yangon
Ideology Liberalism,
Social liberalism,
Liberal democracy
Seats in the Amyotha Hluttaw
2 / 224
Seats in the Pyithu Hluttaw
6 / 440
Politics of Burma
Political parties
Elections

The National Democratic Force (Burmese: အမ်ိဳးသားဒီမုိကေရစီအင္အားစု, pronounced: [ʔəmjóðá dìmòkəɹèsì ʔɪ̀ɴʔázṵ], also known as the United Democratic Front; abbreviated NDF) is a Burmese political party formed by former members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) who chose to contest the 2010 general election in Myanmar (Burma).

The NDF was among the three political parties, together with the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and the National Unity Party (NUP-Burma), to stand in the elections on a nationwide basis.[1] NDF's adoption of the peasant bamboo hat, which is the traditional symbol of the NLD, created some controversy. After the elections, Thein Nyunt, Kyi Myint, members of the Pyithu Hluttaw, and Phone Myint Aung of the Amyotha Hluttaw split away from the party and set up the New National Democracy Party. In December 2011, another member of the Aymotha Hluttaw, Myat Nyana Soe, resigned from the party and joined to NLD.[2] After the Burmese by-elections, 2012, 2 NDF MPs Than Win and Khin Maung Win also rejoined to NLD.[3]

Party Leader Dr. Than Nyein died of lung cancer at Pinlon Hospital of Yangon on 21 May 2014.[4]

Platform[edit]

NDF is a social liberal party that seeks to promote individual freedoms and a market economy with state regulation. The party supports civil and human rights and believes that ethnic political issues should be resolved alongside democracy and human rights issues. The party encourages the development of civil society organisations. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Election to be three-horse race: NPA | Myanmar Times". Mmtimes.com. Retrieved 2014-04-15. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "NDF MPs rejoin NLD". Mizzima. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "NDF Founder Dies of Liver Cancer". www.irrawaddy.org. Kyaw Hsu Mon. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "250 political parties". http://www.irrawaddy.org. 

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