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Myanmar Elections 2020: Buddhist Nationalist Monk Body May Work against the NLD

National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi may face a tough challenge in the national elections due in 2020 as the Buddha Dhamma Prahita Foundation, a Buddhist nationalist monk body formerly known as Ma Ba Tha (the Burmese-language acronym for the Association to Protect Race and Religion),After a meeting on 17 June, the Buddha Dhamma Prahita Foundation released a seven-point statement condemning the NLD-led government and Parliament and said, “We, the Buddha Dhamma Prahita Foundation, which has been safeguarding race and religion, seriously urge fellow monks and people to oppose by all means—including refusing to vote for—those who are responsible for the above-mentioned actions, which could ruin the country, race and religion.”This is seen as an indirect reference to the NLD.Buddha Dhamma Prahita Foundation or Ma Ba Tha is seen as a radical religious extremist group that supports the hard line stance of the military against the non Buddhist groups including the Rohingya in Rakhine State..................

 

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