Millions in Myanmar Vote in Historic Election

Some 30 million voters headed to the polls on Nov. 8, 2015 for elections seen as a test of whether the military's grip on power will loosen, allowing the country to transition toward greater democracy.

2015.11.08
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People in Myanmar have waited 25 years for the chance to vote in openly contested elections.

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Queues formed outside many polling stations in Myanmar.

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Queues formed outside many polling stations in Myanmar.

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More than 90 parties contested the poll. Firm results are not expected till Monday

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A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Myanmar, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015.

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A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Myanmar, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015.

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To prevent fraud, voters' fingers are marked with ink after they have cast their ballots

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To prevent fraud, voters' fingers are marked with ink after they have cast their ballots

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To prevent fraud, voters' fingers are marked with ink after they have cast their ballots

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As voting began, long lines formed outside polling booths set up in Buddhist temples, schools and government buildings. A total of 91 parties are contesting, but the main fight is between Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy and the military-backed Union Solidarity Development Party.

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