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Myanmar historic vote - first open election in 25 years

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By Euronews
Myanmar historic vote - first open election in 25 years

Voters in Myanmar were on Sunday morning heading to the polls in the country’s first openly contested general election in 25 years.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party is expected to make large gains.

But former political prisoner Suu Kyi is barred by Myanmar’s military-drafted constitution from becoming president even if her party wins.

Around 30 million people are registered to vote in the historic election.

One voter in Yangon said: “I have never been this excited before in my life. My family and I reminded each other that we were going to vote. We planned to get up early so that we could go to the polling station first thing in the morning”

More than 6,000 candidates from over 90 parties are vying for seats in Myanmar’s parliament – in the first election since the end of military junta rule in 2011.