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Myanmar by-elections test government support

Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling NLD faces pressure from emerging new opposition

Min Ko Naing (white shirt), a leading 88 Generation member, talks with Tin Oo, a founder of the National League for Democracy, before a 2014 rally for constitutional reform in Yangon. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

YANGON -- Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy government are gearing up for their first electoral test since taking power last year, with April 1 by-elections looming for a small number of parliamentary seats.

"Many of the vacant seats are in the NLD's stronghold areas," noted Nay Yan Oo, a Myanmar analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

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