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Myanmar by-election seen as test for Aung San Suu Kyi

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Myanmar by-election seen as test for Aung San Suu Kyi

<p>One year since Aung San Suu Kyi’s party swept to power, by-elections have been held in Myanmar in what is considered a test of the leader’s popularity.</p> <p>There are 19 empty seats to be filled across the national and regional parliaments, either due to deaths, promotions or because they weren’t filled in the 2015 ballot.</p> <p>Results are expected on Sunday at the earliest, but turnout is predicted to be low.</p> <p>The excitement and nationwide engagement witnessed during the general election have been lacking in the run-up to the vote. Election rules meant Suu Kyi was prohibited from campaigning on behalf of her National League for Democracy (<span class="caps">NLD</span>) party. </p> <p>But in an address earlier in the week, she reiterated her vow to put a stop to the ethnic conflicts keeping the country in an almost-endless state of civil war. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">NLD</span> is perceived to have made slow progress in the last 12 months. The main opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party is hoping that will swing in its favour.</p>