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Myanmar opposition party says it will not recognise election

An electoral worker displays a ballot as the counting of votes starts inside a polling station during the general election in Yangon, Myanmar November 8, 2020. REUTERS/Shwe Paw Mya Tin

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar’s military-backed opposition party said on Wednesday it would not recognise an election held earlier this week and urged authorities to hold another vote.

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) said at a news conference the vote was conducted unfairly and the party had asked the election commission for a re-run.

The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, has established a clear lead in early results and the party has claimed victory overall, citing its own unofficial tally.

Repporting by Shoon Naing; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Andrew Heavens