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NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi addressing the August 2013 25th anniversary commemoration of Myanmar's 1988 protests against military rule, an event organized by 88 Generation members. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

One year on, first poll test looms for Myanmar government

Aung San Suu Kyi's party buoyant despite growing challenges

SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

YANGON -- On April 1, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy faces its first electoral test since taking power in Myanmar on the back of a landslide election win in 2015.

The governing party will compete for a total of 2 million votes in all bar one of 19 by-election contests -- seven of which are for regional parliaments -- for seats vacated mostly by incumbents who joined the NLD-led government as ministers.

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