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by Amanda Cardo    /  February 14, 2011  / No comments

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Myanmar general election counting the vote…epa02434436 Counting the votes after polling booths close at a polling station in the capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar (Burma), 07 November 2010. Naypyitaw is home mostly to military junta and government employees and families. Myanmars military-ruled population voted 07 November in the countrys first election in 20 years. An estimated 29 million people were eligible to vote, the first polls since May 27, 1990. The election has raised few expectations for real democracy in Myanmar, but some are hoping it is a small step towards change in a country which has been under military dictatorships since 1962. The last election was won by the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest at the time, but the junta blocked the NLD from power and has kept Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi under house arrest for 15 of the past 20 years. EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

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Amanda Cardo interned as an editorial assistant for Sampsonia Way in 2011. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in May 2011 with dual BA's in English Writing (Fiction) and Philosophy. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Professional Writing program at Carnegie Mellon University.

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