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Pro-democracy parties concede Myanmar election

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Pro-democracy parties concede Myanmar election


Pro-democracy parties that ran in Myanmar’s first election for two decades conceded defeat on Tuesday.
The largest opposition group, the National League for Democracy (NLD), had already boycotted Sunday’s vote. The NLD said the election was a sham.
The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party won 80 percent of the seats in the country’s parliament.
Meanwhile, government soldiers have intervened to quell unrest amongst ethnic rebels in Myawaddy in Myanmar’s eastern Karen State.
The rebels are seeking greater regional autonomy and are disinterested in a centralised form of government.
Violent clashes erupted in Karen State on Monday, forcing as many as 17,000 people to flee across the border to Thailand.
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been governed by a military junta since 1990.
That is when the army stepped in to quash the results of the country’s last election and prevent the NLD from taking power.

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