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Myanmar's generals take center stage in coronavirus battle

Suu Kyi's civilian government overshadowed by active military response to pandemic

Myanmar's military is deploying personnel and donating pay toward the coronavirus fight.   © Reuters

YANGON -- Myanmar's military has taken the lead in managing the country's novel coronavirus outbreak, a sign that the armed forces could once again rise to dominate politics here.

This has serious implications for the ruling National League for Democracy, a party helmed by Myanmar's de facto leader, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. Even if the country comes out relatively unscathed in the fight against COVID-19, the NLD could suffer a setback from military proxy parties during this November's general election.

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