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Public spat before election in Myanmar underscores continuing military-civilian tussle

The latest poll will ultimately still be about determining the balance of power between the military and civilian politicians. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGKOK - Myanmar goes to the polls on Sunday (Nov 8) for the third time since the military loosened its iron grip on power.

While some among the over 5,000 candidates have tried to talk policy, the unprecedented public spat over the past week between the military and civilian government - which swept into office after the election five years ago - has only reinforced the sentiment that the latest poll will ultimately still be about determining the balance of power between the military and civilian politicians.

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