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Myanmar's first open general election on Nov 8th
Myanmar will go to the polls on 8th November in its first open general election in 25 years. The vote is seen as a crucial next stage in steps towards full democracy.
Reforms have been under way since 2010 when military rule was replaced by a military-backed civilian government. The ruling USDP faces a head-to-head contest with Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. She won elections in 1990 that were scrapped. The NLD won the last free general election in Myanmar in 1990 but the then-ruling military junta ignored the results. The party boycotted a national election in 2010 because its leader was barred from contesting. Eighty-three parties are likely to contest the polls.