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Myanmar pro-democracy forces form new parties as elections loom

Ex-NLD lawmaker criticizes Suu Kyi for lack of democracy within ruling party

Aung San Suu Kyi's popularity has been waning as Myanmar's de facto leader proves ineffective at curtailing the military's political influence.

YANGON -- Some lawmakers who have grown disgruntled with Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy are adding to Myanmar's political landscape in a way that could give the dominant party something to think about ahead of elections scheduled to take place on Nov. 8.

The NLD maintains a lead over military-affiliated and small ethnic parties but now also has to worry about its left flank as some pro-democracy politicians splinter away.

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