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Sunday, 01 April 2012 - 8:01
Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi takes part in key by-elections
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Polls have opened in Burmese by-elections that promise to be the most open contest in decades, with Aung San Suu Kyi among those standing.

Her National League for Democracy is contesting all 45 seats, vacated when politicians joined the military-backed civilian government.

It is the first time Suu Kyi has run as a candidate for political office.

It is also the first time international observers have been allowed to monitor elections in modern Burma.

The European Union looks set to ease some sanctions on the country if today's elections go smoothly.

Aung San Suu Kyi spent a total of 15 years under house arrest after the military refused to accept the NLD's landslide general election victory in 1990.

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