Myanmar—formerly known as the Union of Burma—in November 2010 held parliamentary elections that brought the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDA) to power. Though the elections ostensibly were intended to usher in a civilian government, human rights groups and political analysts found the election results to be manipulated. Election regulations sidelined opposition leaders like Aung San Suu Kyi—whose National League for Democracy (NLD) party boycotted the polls and as a result faced dissolution—and widespread fraud allegations undermined the credibility of the results. What's more, amending Myanmar's constitution requires more than a three-quarters parliamentary majority, and 25% of the seats were reserved for the military. Though Suu Kyi was released from house arrest on November 12, 2010, an estimated 2,100 other political activists are still detained.
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