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Web documentary: Burma’s fragile path to democracy

Romeo Gacad / AFP | A supporter of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party

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Burma heads to the polls Sunday in what observers hope will be the fairest election for decades as the nation, known officially as Myanmar, slowly shakes off almost a half-century of brutal military dictatorship.

To mark the occasion, FRANCE 24 is publishing “One Myanmar”, a web documentary produced by Carine Jaquet and Mikaël Ferloni which takes a look at the numerous challenges facing the Southeast Asian nation.

Click on the picture to view the web documentary

Some 30 million voters are eligible to take part in Sunday’s elections, with 93 political parties to choose from.

The National League for Democracy party – led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was held under house arrest for 15 years – is tipped as favourite to win the most seats.

Newly-elected MPs will then vote to choose a president whose mandate will begin at the end of March 2016.

Financed by the French embassy in Rangoon, Christian charity Secours Catholique and publishing house MkF, “One Myanmar” explores the complex social diversity – and tensions – that underscore the fragility of Burma's transition towards democracy.

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