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Exiled Dissidents Propose Democratic Transition for Burma


Members of Burma's self-proclaimed government-in-exile have unveiled a proposal for reconciliation with the country's ruling military leaders.

The proposal calls for changes to the controversial army-backed constitution that Burma passed last year, including a plan that would require the military to share its authority with political groups.

The exiled dissidents and opposition group members reached the agreement Thursday on what they call a movement for democracy. They announced the plan following a meeting in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

The government-in-exile was set up after Burmese military authorities refused to recognize the results of a 1990 election that would have given a large majority of parliamentary seats to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party.

On Tuesday, a Burmese court found the pro-democracy leader guilty of violating an internal security law and sentenced her to another 18 months of house arrest.

The European Union reacted to the sentence Thursday by announcing it was extending sanctions against Burma, including travel bans and a freeze on the assets of some Burmese officials.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 14 of the past 20 years in some form of detention in Burma.


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

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