Rangoon (Mizzima) – The Union Kayin League (UKL), the oldest Karen [Kayin] political party, is looking for new members in an effort to reform after being dissolved.
|Mann Nyunt Maung, the general-secretary of the UKL Photo: Yan Naung / Mizzima|
The UKL was founded by ex-Burmese President Mann Win Maung. It contested in the 1990 general elections and attended the National Convention that drew up the current Constitution.
Before the 2010 general elections, it re-registered as a political party, but it was dissolved because it failed to contest in at least three constituencies in the 2010 general elections.
After the UKL has been re-established, instead of contesting elections in Karen State, it will mainly stand for elections in the Pegu [Bago], Irrawaddy [Ayeyarwady] and Rangoon [Yangon] Region where a considerable number of Karen people live, said Mann Nyunt Maung.
Currently, there are three legal Karen political parties: the Kayin Peoples Party, the Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party and Kayin State Democracy and Development Party.