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Despite heavy fighting in Kawkareik, resistance groups insist they haven’t launched an all-out offensive to seize the Kayin State town, but the battle has led to a rapprochement with an officer under investigation for human rights abuses.

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While the National Unity Government has scored some impressive achievements and continues to enjoy widespread support in Myanmar, many would like to see internal reforms or a cabinet reshuffle, but institutional deadlocks make that unlikely.

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