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Myanmar's Suu Kyi faces hard race in countryside as elections loom

Ethnic parties merge to run against ruling National League for Democracy

YANGON -- Myanmar's voting commission on Wednesday announced that general elections will be held on Nov. 8. The National League for Democracy, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, is expected to win the majority in both legislative houses, although the ruling party is likely to face tough battles in rural constituencies home to the country's diverse ethnic groups.

Three-fourths of the 224 seats for the upper house of parliament and 440 for the lower house will be elected, with the remainder to be appointed by the military. All elected seats will be contested in single-seat districts. After the balloting, all parliamentarians will vote for a new president.

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