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Myanmar people welcome junta election promise
uusjio | February 9, 2008 at 11:54 pmby
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People in Myanmar welcomed the military government's promise of multi-party elections in 2010 on Sunday as an opportunity to be seized, despite deep scepticism from opposition politicians and abroad.
"Just get on whatever horse you can catch. Then try to find better ones gradually," a retired professor said four months after the army crushed monk-led, pro-democracy protests, killing at least 31 people.
Roadside food vendor Aung Min, 28, was positively excited.
"I can't wait to vote in an election," he said. But, he added: "The most important is all major parties should be allowed to run in it."
The junta's announcement of a May referendum followed by elections in 2010 on state television on Saturday night did not make clear whether detained opposition icon's Aung San Suu Kyi National League for Democracy would be allowed to take part.
The election would be the first held in the ...