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The refugees, mostly members of the Karen ethnic group, have been living in camps in Thailand. But funding for the camps is dwindling as international donors turn to what they see as more urgent crises.
Htin Kyaw the first civilian to be elected president in Myanmar and the first to win in a free and fair election. He has been a friend and political colleague of 'The Lady' for decades.
The National League for Democracy won a landslide election win last November. It now controls parliament and is preparing to pick the country's next president.
The euphoria after electing 'The Lady' and her party is over. On Feb. 1 a parliament of pro-democracy politicians will be seated. Five questions about their task, the ongoing civil war, the old secret police, and the fight against corruption.
But as Aung San Suu Kyi and her opposition party prepare to govern, divisive Buddhist nationalists and older military forces remain potent.
Despite the stunning electoral landslide of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, it is still unclear how much clout the military will exert.
Unofficial results point to a landslide for the National League for Democracy in Sunday's election, the first democratic vote since 1990.
Myanmar is holding its first relatively free election in 25 years on Sunday in a crucial test for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her pro-democracy party.
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from being president. She said she'd be 'above the president' if her National League for Democracy is victorious Nov. 8.
President Thein Sein signed a cease-fire this week with eight rebel groups ahead of a Nov. 8 national election for parliament. But in northern Kachin state, rebels refused to sign and fighting continues.
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