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US cautious over upcoming Myanmar elections The US State Department appears to be taking a cautious approach to Myanmar’s upcoming elections, trying to avoid viewing the situation with “rose-coloured glasses,” as one official put it. In the US State Department Subcommittee Hearing entitled “Burma’s Challenge: Democracy, Human Rights, Peace, and the Plight of the Rohingya,” on October 21, Mr Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau said, “We’re not wearing rose-colored glasses here.” Mr Russel indicated the Myanmar polls, set to be held on November 8, would not be free and fair. “We are very mindful of fundamental structural defects. There is nothing fair about reserving 25 percent of the ...
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