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Myanmar will allow Asian observers at April vote

Myanmar will allow Asian observers at April vote

Myanmar says it will allow observers from Southeast Asian countries to monitor April elections that are viewed as crucial for gauging the nation's much-heralded reforms.
Myanmar invited the countries that form the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to send five observers and 18 parliamentarians to witness the vote.
ASEAN announced Myanmar's decision in a statement Tuesday.
After half a century of military rule, Myanmar's army ceded power last year to a nominally civilian government that has embarked on rapid reforms.
Allowing outside monitors marks a major step for the long-isolated country. International bids to send observers were rejected in 2010 and 1990, the last two elections.


Updated : 2021-10-25 11:51 GMT+08:00