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Opposition Claims Wide Lead in Myanmar Elections

From Reuters

Voters in Myanmar (formerly Burma) turned the country’s first elections in 30 years into a show of defiance against the military government Sunday, and the opposition said it was heading for a landslide victory.

State radio, announcing the first result in the National Assembly elections, said the National League for Democracy won at least one district in Yangon, the capital, with 80% of the vote.

League candidates said the issue now is whether the military junta, which assumed power after soldiers crushed a pro-democracy uprising in September, 1988, will step down.

Myanmar’s 20 million voters turned out in large numbers. No conclusive results are expected for several days.

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The campaign was marked by restrictions and harassment. Several opposition leaders were detained and banned from running.


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