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Myanmar's smooth election disguises systemic failure

Big vote for Suu Kyi obscures country's near irreconcilable divisions

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Supporters of the NLD celebrate election victory in Mandalay on Nov. 9: the political fallout may contradict the electoral results.   © Sipa/AP

David Scott Mathieson is an independent analyst based in Yangon.

Myanmar's multiparty elections resulted in a singular outcome: the landslide return of the ruling National League for Democracy and its widely revered leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Results announced a day after the Nov. 8 poll appear to give the NLD a repeat of its stunning 2015 victory, winning most of the Myanmar heartland regions and Yangon, the commercial capital.

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