Slim hope for change in 1st Myanmar vote since '90

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 8, 2010 04:14

YANGON, Myanmar — Voters in the secretive military-ruled nation of Myanmar cast their first ballots in two decades on Sunday, as slim hopes for democratic reform faced an electoral system engineered to ensure that most power will remain in the hands of the junta and its political proxies.

There was little doubt that the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party would emerge with an enormous share of the parliamentary seats from Sunday's vote, despite widespread popular opposition to 48 years of military rule.

It fielded 1,112 candidates for the 1,159 seats in the two-house national parliament and 14 regional parliaments, while the largest anti-government party, the National Democratic Force, contested just 164 spots.


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