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US concerned Muslims being excluded from Myanmar vote

A supporters looks on as Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers her address at a rally at Mawlamyaing, Mon State on May 16, 2015The United States expressed concern Thursday that preparations for Myanmar’s landmark elections have been undermined by moves to exclude Muslim minority candidates from the ballot. Myanmar will vote on November 8 in what many hope will be its most free vote in generations after decades of army rule, with Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party widely tipped to make huge gains. “The United States is concerned about the disqualification of approximately 100 candidates for Burma’s upcoming general election,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

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