Myanmar by-elections a test for Suu Kyi's ruling party

In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, a voter casts his ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in

In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, a voter casts his ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in

A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 constituencies, a

A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 constituencies, a

A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 constituencies, a

A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 constituencies, a

A voter registers to cast her ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 const

A voter registers to cast her ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 const

A voter prepares to cast his ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 consti

A voter prepares to cast his ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 consti

A voter registers to cast his ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 const

A voter registers to cast his ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 const

A woman marks her finger with ink indicating she voted as she leaves a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-e

A woman marks her finger with ink indicating she voted as she leaves a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-e

A voter registers to cast the ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 const

A voter registers to cast the ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 const

Voters prepare to cast their ballots at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 const

Voters prepare to cast their ballots at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 const

A voter casts his ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 constituencies, a

A voter casts his ballot at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged by-elections Saturday in 13 constituencies, a

A man shows off his finger marked with ink indicating he voted as he leaves a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar stag

A man shows off his finger marked with ink indicating he voted as he leaves a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar stag

A police officer stands on the top of a building to provide security near a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged

A police officer stands on the top of a building to provide security near a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Myanmar staged

U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar  Scot Marciel, second right, sits along with other diplomats as he observes at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturd

U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel, second right, sits along with other diplomats as he observes at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturd

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Voters in several parts of Myanmar are choosing their representatives in 13 by-elections in a test of support for leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her ruling party.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the 2015 general election, putting an end to decades of military rule. The party faces a general election in 2020.

The crisis involving 700,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority who fled a brutal army counterinsurgency campaign in western Myanmar has not much dented Suu Kyi's appeal with the country's Buddhist majority, but economic development has been lagging.

The 13 parliamentary seats at stake Saturday represent a tiny fraction of the 1,171 national, regional and state assembly seats nationwide.