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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar parallel parliament raises stakes in fight for ethnic support

Meanwhile, junta announces another cease-fire amid concerns of slide into civil war

Buddhist monks, left, show support for an opposition group vowing to resist the Feb. 1 coup and rewrite the constitution. Right, an ethnic armed group takes part in a protest. (Source photos by KIC NEWS PAGE/Reuters and AP) 

BANGKOK/YANGON -- Forces opposing Myanmar's coup raised the stakes significantly on Wednesday, announcing plans to set up a "unity government" under a new federal charter and abolish the 2008 military-drafted constitution. The opposition Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) said the new charter would draw together a broad array including ethnic armed organizations (EAOs), elected lawmakers and civil society groups.

The move appears to set the stage for a violent showdown between forces of the junta, or State Administration Council, and a parallel government made up of members of the ousted National League for Democracy administration as well as technocrats and political activists.

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