Officials of Union Election Commission prepare to count ballots as the time-period for casting votes ends at a polling station in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, April 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
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Aung San Suu Kyi's government faced its first test at the ballot box on Saturday in by-elections around Myanmar seen as a barometer for growing disillusionment with her party after a year in office.With only 19 contested seats, the by-elections will not alter the balance of power in a government firmly dominated by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.Discontent is particularly acute in frontier areas where many ethnic minorities see Suu Kyi as working too closely with the military that ran the country for 50 years.Yet the party remains the first choice for many in Myanmar, with early results showing the NLD poised to win five races in the commercial hub Yangon.Most of the races were held for seats vacated by politicians who took up ministerial roles in the new civilian government.
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