Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was officially disbanded at midnight local time Thursday. New election rules imposed by the country’s junta leadership bar any convicted offender from membership in a political party, according to the BBC.
Under the new law, the NLD would have to expel Suu Kyi and other “convicted” leaders in order to compete in elections later this year. The NLD chose not to register and was disbanded after 21 years in existence as Burma’s main opposition to military rule.
Several military officials have stepped down in order to run as civilians, further strengthening the military rule on Burma.
There is talk that younger, more moderate party members may form a new political party. The NLD says it will continue to actively serve the country’s social needs.