Monday 22 January 2018

No change in Burma's military rule

Phoebe Kennedy in Rangoon

BURMA'S main military-backed party yesterday claimed an overwhelming victory in the country's contentious election, as refugees, who were forced to flee clashes between rebels and government soldiers near the Thai border, returned home.

Ethnic Karen fighters, who have been battling the government since the country won independence from Britain in 1948, boycotted the election and were resisting attempts to turn them into a border guard force.

In Rangoon, the country's two largest anti-government parties conceded defeat after an official from the Union Solidarity and Development Party said it had won up to 80pc of seats.

The results ensure the continued dominance of the military and that there will be no end to authoritarian rule in Burma. (© Independent News Service)

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