Brunei's monarch allows new political party

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  • Tuesday, 13 Sep 2005

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) - Brunei's ruler has allowed a new political party to be set up, led by a former rebel leader who was jailed without trial for 14 years until he swore an oath of loyalty to the monarchy. 

The green light for the National Development Party is another step in Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's pledge to bring more consultation and openness to the oil-rich sultanate. 

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