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Myanmar's Suu Kyi faces nationwide challenge from former ally

UBP to field candidates for majority of seats in parliament

Shwe Mann, ex-speaker of Myanmar's Union Parliament, will contest National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in November elections.   © Reuters

YANGON -- Myanmar's Union Betterment Party, led by former speaker of parliament Shwe Mann, will put up candidates in 80% of contested seats in the Nov. 8 parliamentary elections.

Political analysts are trying to figure out how much of a challenge his party poses to the National League for Democracy, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, which won the 2015 election in a landslide.

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