No Muslim candidates from Myanmar's opposition party in election
Oct.29, Naypyidaw: There are no Muslim candidates ahead of the November elections in the Myanmar's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The party has deliberately bypassed Muslims according to report of Aljazeera.
Aljazeera citing the anonymous source said that the step of taken to appease growing anti-Muslim sentiment fuelled by hardliner Buddhist nationalists.
Not one of the NLD's 1,151 candidates standing for regional and national elections is Muslim, despite there being around five million Muslims - or between 4 and 10 percent of the population - in the country.
There are also no Muslim candidates in the military-backed, governing UnionSolidarity and Development Party (USDP) running in what has been billed as the country's first free and fair general election in 25 years.
The Oslo Times