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Myanmar referendum goes ahead in cyclone-hit areas

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Myanmar referendum goes ahead in cyclone-hit areas


The military junta in Myanmar pushed ahead with a referendum on a constitution on Saturday in cyclone-devastated areas.

Ahead of the vote in Yangon and Irrawaddy Delta, the government campaigned for a Yes vote, saying the charter was part of what it called a “roadmap to democracy”, which would lead to elections in 2010.

Critics say the constitution will only serve to entrench military rule. The junta won more than 92 percent approval of the charter on May the 10th, in parts of the country unscathed by the cyclone.

On Friday the military regime promised to allow in more foreign aid workers after three weeks of criticism that it was stalling a full-scale relief effort. An estimated 2.4 million people have been left destitute, with 134,000 people listed as dead or missing.

The European Union says there is no more time to lose, and it is imperative that the junta acts quickly to implement its pledge on foreign aid workers.

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