Former Prime Minister U Nu defied the one-party constitution Monday and formed Burma's first opposition party in 26 years, declaring that his purpose was to end the nation's turmoil and achieve multiparty democracy.

The new party, named the "Democracy and Peace Organization," is headed by former president Mahn Win Maung with the 81-year-old U Nu acting as patron.U Nu said he formed the party "to help solve Burma's pressing problems and achieve the popular demand for democracy."