Myanmar clashes after contested vote

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Rebel troops have clashed with government soldiers in eastern Myanmar, leaving three civilians dead, as tension mounts over the country’s contested elections.

Reports say another 11 people were injured in the violence, which caused hundreds to flee across the Thai border.

The international community has widely dismissed Sunday’s election as being rigged.

Parties linked to the military scored well but some voters complained of being denied the chance to cast their ballots.

The main opposition National League for Democracy boycotted the vote.

The clashes took place in the town of Myawaddy in Karen State close to the border with Thailand.

Voters last got a chance to cast their ballots in 1990 when they backed the NLD led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

But the military stepped in to overturn the results and has held Ms Suu Kyi under house arrest for most of the time since.