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.
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In makeshift camps along the Bangladesh border set up for Muslims fleeing violence in Rakhine State, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s pledge to begin repatriation has received a cold reception.
Shortly after taking office, the government said a new policy aimed at increasing youth involvement in the transition would be implemented. The lack of attendance by officials at a recent youth event has made some civil society actors sceptical.