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Yangon - The victory by democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party in 1990 elections was "no longer legal", Myanmar/Burma state media said on Sunday, before urging her supporters to prepare for new polls.
The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper, a government mouthpiece, ran a commentary headlined: "Goodbye, 1990 election results!"
The paper said the approval of a new military-backed constitution in a referendum in May had invalidated the previous national election, won in a landslide by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.
"The result of the 1990 election is no longer legal as it has been ditched by the entire people," the paper said.
"The party had better join hands with the people and then stand for the 2010 election in line with the laws, instead of longing for the result of the 1990 election."
Such commentaries in state media reflect the thinking of the secretive junta that rules Myanmar with an iron fist.
The constitutional referendum was held in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, which left more than 138 000 dead or missing when it struck on May 2.
The junta claimed a 92,48 percent victory in the poll, a result derided by the opposition, which accused the regime of intimidation and vote-rigging.
The charter and referendum have been condemned by Western countries, and many have imposed sanctions on Myanmar over the regime's refusal to release Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. - Sapa-AFP