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Myanmar election

Japan urges Suu Kyi to hold by-elections in Myanmar ethnic state

Armed group and military agree to cease-fire for possible vote in Rakhine

Yohei Sasakawa, Japan's special envoy to Myanmar,  told Nikkei Asia in an interview on Thursday that he urged Aung San Suu Kyi to hold early by-elections in Rakhine State. (Photo by Yuichi Nitta)

YANGON -- Japan's special envoy for Myanmar affairs Yohei Sasakawa is calling on State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's government to hold early by-elections in an ethnic minority area that did not participate in the country's national vote last month, telling Nikkei Asia that it could help calm the violence-plagued region.

"Holding elections in Rakhine State is a serious step toward a [permanent] cease-fire or peace [with the armed forces]," Sasakawa, whose official title is Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar, said in an interview on Thursday.

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