The main opposition party in Burma has been disbanded.
State television has reported that election officials on Tuesday abolished the National League for Democracy as it had failed to register on time to compete in the country’s general election in November.
Led by detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the party had called the forthcoming elections "a sham", saying that the military was not serious about an election as it had shown little sign of giving up control.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest, has urged her supporters to monitor the election and to report irregularities.
Four other political parties have also been dissolved for failing to enter candidates for the election.
There are now 37 parties registered to compete in the poll.