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The victory by democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party in 1990 elections is "no longer legal," Myanmar state media said Sunday, urging her supporters to prepare for new polls.
The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper, a government mouthpiece, ran a commentary headlined: "Goodbye, 1990 election results!"
The paper said that the approval of a new military-backed constitution in a referendum in May had invalidated the previous national election, won in a landslide by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD).
"The result of the 1990 election is no longer legal as it has been ditched by the entire people," the paper said.
"The NLD'd better join hands with the people and then stand for the 2010 election in line with the laws, instead of longing for the result of the 1990 election."
Such commentaries in state media are not official government statements, but reflect the thinking of the secretive junta that rules Myanmar with an iron fist.