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Politics

NLD decision to contest vote sets scene for possible power shift

88 Generation leader Min Ko Naing (white shirt) in conversation with NLD grandee Tin Oo (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

NAYPYITAW -- Although the opposition National League for Democracy boycotted Myanmar's last national elections in 2010, it always seemed unlikely it would do likewise in this year's vote, despite some earlier suggestions to the contrary.

     In early 2012, the NLD won 43 out of 45 seats in parliamentary by-elections, and is widely seen by most observers as the party likely to win the lion's share of votes in any free and fair nationwide poll.

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