Arakan League for Democracy

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Arakan League for Democracy
ရခိုင် ဒီမိုကရေစီ အဖွဲ့ချုပ်
Abbreviation ALD
Leader Aye Tha Aung
Founded 27 September 1989
Headquarters 373 Lower Pazundaung Road, Pazundaung Township, Yangon
Seats in the Amyotha Hluttaw
0 / 224
Seats in the Pyithu Hluttaw
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Election symbol
Party flag

The Arakan League for Democracy (Burmese: ရခိုင်ဒီမိုကရေစီ အဖွဲ့ချုပ်; abbreviated ALD) is a political party active in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma).


The ALD was founded on 27 September 1989, in Yangon, and it was registered with the election commission on 2 October 1989. It contested 25 seats in the 1990 general elections,[1] receiving the majority of the vote at the Rakhine State.[2] Nationally it received 1.2% of the vote, winning 11 seats, making it the third-largest party.[3] However, the ALD was banned by the military government on 6 March 1992.[4]

On 6 April 2012, the ALD was allowed to be re-established as a political party by the Union Election Commission, as its application complied with the law and rules of the election commission.[5] In November, members of the ALD claimed that they had been threatened by local authorities with the abolition of the party, due to an alleged recruitment membership fraud.[2]

On 17 June 2013, The Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) and the Arakan League for Democracy signed an agreement to merge under the name Arakan National Party (ANP).[6] With the formation of the new party, the Arakan League for Democracy was officially dissolved on 6 March 2014.[7][8][9][10]

On 8 January 2017, former leaders of the ALD announced that they were splitting from the ANP and were re-registering with the Union Election Commission for the 2020 elections, citing internal issues and RNDP dominance in the ANP as the reasons for the split.[11][12]


  1. ^ Robert H Taylor (2009) The State in Myanmar, NUS Press
  2. ^ a b Authorities threaten to abolish Arakanese party, 28 November 2012
  3. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p615 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  4. ^ 1990 multi-party democracy general elections Democratic Voice of Burma
  5. ^ ALD Allowed to Re-Establish as Political Party, 11 April 2012
  6. ^ Naw Say Phaw Waa (21 June 2013). "Rakhine parties formalise merger". The Myanmar Times. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Arakanese Political Parties Merge to Form ANP". The Irrawaddy. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rakhine National Party allowed as political party | Ministry Of Information". 6 March 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Formation of Rakhine National Party approved | Ministry Of Information". Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Arakanese Political Parties Merge to Form ANP". Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Mon, Ye (10 January 2017). "Eyeing 2020 comeback, Rakhine's ALD party regroups". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  12. ^ Myint, Moe (9 January 2017). "ALD Members Re-Establish Party Under Same Name". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 11 January 2017.