The leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi's political party is facing a growing tide of resignations amid claims of authoritarianism as it attempts to replace ageing members of Burma's democracy movement with new blood.
About 130 members of Ms Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) resigned in south-western Irrawaddy Division last month while a further 370 members in the same area and 500 more in the northern city of Mandalay are threatening to follow suit, local newspapers have reported.
Some long-standing members have accused party leaders of abandoning them after years of service as the NLD selects new delegates for a first-ever party assembly in December or January. "I admit they were not democratically chosen," said Nyan Win, secretary of the NLD's assembly commission. "We appointed people who can oversee and supervise ahead of the assembly."
The controversy is the latest challenge for Ms Suu Kyi, who was elected as a member of parliament in the April elections, as she steadily makes the transition from an almost saintly opposition activist to a mainstream politician with every-day problems. She has dismissed the intra-party disputes as disagreements between dedicated party members and "self-interested people".