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Aung San Suu Kyi, wearing a facemask and protective shield, walks with her advisers in Naypitaw. Aung San Suu Kyi, center, leaves a demonstration of voting for the upcoming elections, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Oct. 20, 2020 (AP photo by Aung Shine).

COVID-19 Won’t Stop Myanmar From Plowing Ahead With a Flawed Election

Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

Myanmar is set to hold general elections next month, for the second time since the end of military rule in 2011. The last election, in 2015, ushered Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy into power with a landslide victory. Since then, the NLD has had a mixed economic record, and Suu Kyi, now the country’s de facto leader, has gone from human rights icon to international pariah for defending the army’s brutal persecution of the Rohingya, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority concentrated in western Myanmar.

More recently, the government has mismanaged its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Myanmar now has more cases and deaths than any other mainland Southeast Asian country. Still, the NLD remains popular among the mostly Buddhist ethnic majority group, the Bamar, and will almost certainly retain control of both houses of the legislature, as well as many state assemblies. ...

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