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'Still a long way to go' in Burma

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Burmese monk U Ein Daka
Burmese monk U Ein Daka says he will go back onto the streets if democracy fails

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has won at least 40 of the 45 seats contested in Burma's by-elections according to local officials.

The outcome will have little effect on the balance of power in the short term, but she says they mark the start of a new era in Burma.

But with a quarter of all seats in the country's parliament are reserved for the military, the generals are in control and hundreds of political prisoners still in jail, is she right?

The Today programme's Mike Thomson reports from Rangoon where he hears how people are still longing for "freedom, security and protection" against the Burmese government.


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