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Myanmar November election overshadowed by COVID-19 surge

Opposition parties call for postponing parliamentary vote as NLD presses on

A sign announces a lockdown in Yangon: Myanmar's largest city has imposed strict stay-at-home orders for people working in nonessential industries. (Photo by Yuichi Nitta)

YANGON -- Myanmar's daily count of confirmed COVID-19 cases is rising rapidly. With case numbers doubling every week recently, opposition parties are calling for the November general elections to be postponed.

In six weeks parliamentary elections will be held to determine who governs Myanmar for the next five years. In 2015, enthusiasm was in the air. That year, the country's first democratic elections were held, with the National League for Democracy fully participating after decades of military rule.

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