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Myanmar election machinery forges on

Suu Kyi deems polls more important than fighting pandemic, even as cases rise

With its biggest city locked down, factories shut, coronavirus infection rates climbing by some 1,000 or more every day and death toll crossing 500, conditions in Myanmar are looking grim.

Yet its state counsellor and ruling party leader Aung San Suu Kyi says the Nov 8 election is even more important than fighting the pandemic.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2020, with the headline 'Myanmar election machinery forges on'. Print Edition | Subscribe