Burmese go to polls

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

VOT­ERS in sev­eral parts of Burma went to the polls yes­ter­day in 13 by-elec­tions seen as a test of sup­port for leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her rul­ing party.

The Na­tional League for Democ­racy won a land­slide vic­tory in the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion, put­ting an end to decades of rule by the mil­i­tary and its prox­ies, though the army re­tains con­sid­er­able power.

Ms Suu Kyi’s ap­peal with the coun­try’s Bud­dhist ma­jor­ity has not suf­fered much from a cri­sis in­volv­ing 700,000 mem­bers of the Mus­lim Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity, who fled a bru­tal army crack down. How­ever, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment has been lag­ging.

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