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The Latest: Polls Open in Myanmar's Historic Election

The Latest: Polls Open in Myanmar's Historic Election

Saturday, 07 November 2015 07:23 PM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The latest on landmark elections in Myanmar. All times local.

6 a.m.

Polls have opened in Myanmar's historic elections that are expected to be won by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party.

Sunday's elections are seen as a test whether the military's grip on power will loosen, allowing the country to transition toward greater democracy. Myanmar was ruled by a junta for 50 years until 2011, and then for five years by a quasi-civilian government comprising former generals.

As voting began, long lines formed outside polling booths set up in Buddhist temples, schools and government buildings.

A total of 91 parties are contesting, but the main fight is between Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy and the military-backed Union Solidarity Development Party.

Some 30 million voters are eligible to cast ballots over the next 10 ½ hours.

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The latest on landmark elections in Myanmar. All times local.6 a.m.Polls have opened in Myanmar's historic elections that are expected to be won by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party.Sunday's elections are seen as a test whether the military's grip on power will...
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