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Though soldiers cast ballots outside their bases for the first time in the November election, the military vote enabled the Union Solidarity and Development Party to clinch rare victories in borderland constituencies.
Government officials are sorting through hundreds of thousands of complaints from households that missed out on a November cash transfer, as new research from the World Bank reveals the heavy toll of the pandemic on vulnerable families.
Myanmar has held together remarkably well amid the pandemic, and the government has a robust new mandate, but now is no time for complacency.
A ban on gatherings of more than 30 people has forced churches to opt for virtual events, and pastors worry the most vulnerable members of their flock will be left out.
The National League for Democracy’s re-election was helped by generous cash and in-kind contributions, but loose campaign finance rules kept much of this support off the books.
A coronavirus outbreak in Tachileik has shone a rare spotlight on border-based hotels, KTVs and casinos with links to powerful armed groups, whose open flouting of pandemic restrictions has put Myanmar and Thailand in danger.