The house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi has been extended. According to officials she is the country’s foremost democracy leader.
Ms Suu Kyi has been informed of the decision to extend her confinement by the authorities, on Tuesday, during a meeting at her home in Yangon.
One official was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying that “her house arrest has already been extended”.
Later, the comment was confirmed by another official, even though neither gave details of the detention order, or terms of her confinement.
For 12 of the past 18 years, Aung san Suu Kyi has been confined.
On May 30, 2003, “for her own protection”, started her last spell in detention, after clashes between her followers and government supporters, in the northern town of Depayin.
“We expected they would extend it, although there is no law that would have done that” Sein Win, chairman of the Burmese government in exile, told Al Jazeera.
“We are asking them not only to release her but to talk with her.”
After they marched from the party’s headquarters to her home, more than a dozen members of Ms Suu Kyi National League for Democracy (NLD) party were detained by the police on Tuesday.
The outcome of Myanmar’s recent referendum on a military-backed constitution has been rejected by Suu Kyi’s party, who called the approval of the text a “sham”.
134 000 people dead or missing
Even though critics say the constitution voted by Burma people will perpetuate the military’s decades-old grip on power, on Monday, the military government said that voters in the cyclone-hit country overwhelmingly approved the constitution.
In its first official reaction to the junta claim of victory, the NLD’s party said that “the referendum is not free and fair” the party said in its first official reaction to the junta’s claim of victory.
According to the generals, the constitution was approved by 92.5 per cent of voters.
With this constitution, the military would be garanteed 25 percent of parliamentary seats. The text also allows the president to hand over all power to the military in a state of emergency.
To critics, these provisions go against the military government’s professed commitment to democracy.
Ms Suu Kyi would be bar from running for president with the new charter.
Burma’s rulers came under international criticism for holding the referendum in the aftermath of Nargis, the devastating cyclone that left an estimated 134,000 people dead or missing.
Some 2.4 million people are thought to have been left destitute by the storm.
Suu Kyi’s extended detention might dismay Western donor nations, which have pledged tens of millions of dollars in conditional aid since Cyclone Nargis hit on May 2.