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Myanmar's military-backed parties set for election win

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Myanmar's military-backed parties set for election win


Voting has reportedly ended in Myanmar’s first election in 20 years. The contest is largely a race between two military-backed parties running virtually unopposed because of complex election rules and high fees for each candidate.

The main pro-democracy party won the last election in 1990 by a landslide but the result was ignored by the junta.

The former British colony, also known as Burma, has banned foreign journalists and monitors from entering the country for the election.

Many opposition candidates, including pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, are boycotting the election as hundreds of people are in detention.

But some analysts say the contest will create the basis of a system that might yield democratic changes in the years ahead.

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