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Ashley South: Hope and uncertainty in Myanmar

The landslide electoral victory of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy in November was a watershed moment for Myanmar. As in 1990, some two-thirds of the electorate said out with the military-backed old regime and in with a more accountable and democratic government. Mainstream ethnic political parties may have been disappointed at their poor showing in the 2015 polls, but overall the results were greeted with great enthusiasm and joy. After decades of struggle and violent repression, it seemed that at last, Myanmar was entering a new phase of democratization.

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