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Thousands flee Myanmar clashes to Thailand

Thousands flee Myanmar clashes to Thailand
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Thousands of people have fled across Myanmar’s Thai border after clashes broke out between rebels and government troops following the country’s disputed election.

At least three civilians died and 11 were injured.

The violence flared up in the town of Myawaddy in the eastern Karen State. Ethnic minorities there want greater regional autonomy. Some complain they were barred from voting in Sunday’s poll. The main opposition National League for Democracy party boycotted the vote, while the West dismissed it as unfair.

The ruling junta is expected to prolong its 20-year grip on power. Parties with its backing are set to score well.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, last held an election in 1990 when voters backed the NLD led by Aung San Suu Kyi. But the military stepped in to overturn the results and detained Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace prize in 1991, has spent the majority of the past two decades in detention. However, officials in Myanmar say that she will be released on Saturday when her house arrest expires.