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Newsline: Hundreds of Myanmar citizens line up outside their embassy to vote in Singapore

For a fourth day, hundreds of Myanmar citizens lined up outside their embassy in Singapore on Sunday to cast advance ballots in the country’s Nov. 8 parliamentary election. The large turnout has overwhelmed the embassy staff, prompting officials to extend voting that was supposed to end Sunday by three days. The election is believed to be the formerly junta-run country’s best chance in decades at relatively free and credible polls, and the long lines — and comments from would-be voters — suggested an eagerness to vote and shape the country’s future. Myanmar began moving from a half-century of military rule toward democracy in 2011 when a nominally civilian government, led by a pro-military party, took office. Many observers believe Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy will win the most seats in parliament, and could control a majority by forming a coalition with smaller parties. Her party boycotted the most recent nationwide election in 2010, dampening turnout. http://news.yahoo.com/hundreds-myanmar-citizens-line-vote-singapore-045808788.html

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