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Military division of power in Myanmar

Despite Aung San Suu Kyi's landslide victory in the November parliamentary elections, she is forced to share power with the military – and that could be her biggest challenge.

"My constituency was like a battlefield," said Maung Thin Thit, one of the more surprised winners of Myanmar's first free election in 25 years. The 49-year-old poet ran for Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which recently won nearly 80 percent of the seats in Myanmar's national parliament. Many military personnel, police officers and officials live in Maung Thin Thit's constituency in the capital Nay Pyi Taw. In 2010, current President Thein Sein was elected here, and the opponent in the election campaign this time was former General and Defense Minister U Wai Lwin. Even the country's formerly powerful dictator Than Shwe voted by mail in the constituency for the parliamentary elections. . .

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