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Myanmar Needs Peace Before Elections

A new government won't accomplish much if the country remains wracked by civil war.

You can't vote with a gun in your hands.

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In Myanmar next month, elections are expected to produce the country's first democratically elected parliament since 1960. Ideally, that government would inherit a country unified and at peace after decades of battling ethnic insurgencies. For that to happen, however, Myanmar needs to consolidate a nationwide cease-fire agreement and ensure that all parts of the country get to vote. 

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