Arakan League for Democracy

Arakan League for Democracy
ရခိုင် ဒီမိုကရေစီ အဖွဲ့ချုပ်
Leader Aye Tha Aung
Founded 27 September 1989
Dissolved 13 January 2014[1]
Headquarters 373 Lower Pazundaung Road, Pazundaung Township, Yangon
Election symbol
Party flag

The Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) (Burmese: ရခိုင်ဒီမိုကရေစီ အဖွဲ့ချုပ်) was a political party that operated in Rakhine State of Myanmar.


The ALD was founded on 27 September 1989, in Yangon, and it was registered with the election commission on 2 October 1989. It contested 25 seats in the 1990 general elections,[2] receiving the majority of the vote at the Rakhine State.[3] Nationally it received 1.2% of the vote, winning 11 seats, making it the third-largest party.[4] However, the ALD was banned by the military government on 6 March 1992.[5]

On 6 April 2012, the ALD was allowed to be re-established as a political party by the Union Election Commission, as its application complied with the law and rules of the election commission.[6] In November, members of the ALD claimed that they had been threatened by local authorities with the abolition of the party, due to an alleged recruitment membership fraud.[3]

On 17 June 2013, The Rakhine Nationalities Development Party and the Arakan League for Democracy signed an agreement to merge under the name of Rakhine National Party.[7] With the formation of the new party, the Arakan League for Democracy was officially dissolved on 6 March 2014.[8][9][10][11]


  1. "Arakanese Political Parties Merge to Form ANP". Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  2. Robert H Taylor (2009) The State in Myanmar, NUS Press
  3. 1 2 Authorities threaten to abolish Arakanese party, 28 November 2012
  4. Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p615 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  5. 1990 multi-party democracy general elections Democratic Voice of Burma
  6. ALD Allowed to Re-Establish as Political Party, 11 April 2012
  7. Naw Say Phaw Waa (21 June 2013). "Rakhine parties formalise merger". The Myanmar Times. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  8. "Arakanese Political Parties Merge to Form ANP". The Irrawaddy. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  9. "Rakhine National Party allowed as political party | Ministry Of Information". 6 March 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  10. "Formation of Rakhine National Party approved | Ministry Of Information". Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  11. "Arakanese Political Parties Merge to Form ANP". Retrieved 14 April 2014.
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