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Burma General Urges Smooth 2010 Elections

State media reported Saturday that Burma's deputy leader urged military officers to take responsibility for the success of next year's planned elections.

The New Light of Myanmar newspaper quoted General Maung Aye as telling a graduating class of new officers Friday that it was their job to ensure the country's transition to democracy. The general said election violence has destabilized some countries where democracy had not been mature.

The precise election date has not been set and it is not known who will be running. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been forbidden from participating, because she was once married to a British citizen.

Western nations have denounced Burma's new constitution and next year's vote as a sham designed to entrench military rule.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.