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Myanmar election

Frustrated Myanmar minorities aim to thwart Suu Kyi in elections

Ethnic parties in conflict zones merge to challenge NLD in parliament race

Thousands demonstrate in support of the Kachin State People's Party in Myitkyina, Myanmar, on Oct. 17. (Photo by Zau Ring Hpra)

YANGON/ MYITKYINA -- Ethnic minorities are hoping that their parties will make gains in Myanmar's general elections on Nov. 8 so as to break the stalemate in peace talks between groups that has festered over the last five years under Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.

Bauk Nu Aung, 22, is an internally displaced person living near Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state in northern Myanmar. She said that she would vote for Kachin State People's Party, one of the ethnic parties contesting in the general elections, as "the candidates have always been in the front line to stand up for IDP-related issues."

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