More on the Burmese junta's roadmap to democracy.
Saturday's statement from the military leadership, broadcast on radio and television, announced: "Multi-party democratic elections will be held in 2010, according to the new constitution.
"It is suitable to change the military administration to a democratic, civil administrative system, as good fundamentals have been established.
"The country's basic infrastructure has been built, although there is still more to do in striving for the welfare of the nation."
NLD spokesman Nyan Win expressed surprise that the election had been planned before the results of the constitutional referendum were known.
"According to my understanding, the election date should be set up after the referendum results.