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A policeman directs traffic as Myanmar r...A policeman directs traffic as Myanmar revellers and tourists take part in wet celebration marking Thingyan, a water festival which brings in the countrys new year, in Yangon on April 12, 2016. The Buddhist festival of water pouring symbolizes spiritual cleansing and begin the new year free from worldly impurities with celebrants devoting the four days of Thingyan in merry making of water dousing until the eve of new year. / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACADROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images

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A policeman directs traffic as Myanmar revellers and tourists take part in wet celebration marking Thingyan, a water festival which brings in the countries new year in Yangon 

This photo taken on February 4, 2016 sho...This photo taken on February 4, 2016 shows a woman working next to cats at a shelter on the outskirts of Yangon. The shelter houses over 200 animals and are provided food and basic medical treatments which owners say were rescued from Yangon streets. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

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A cat shelter on the outskirts of Yangon. The shelter houses over 200 animals which are rescued from Yangon streets. The shelter provides food and basic medical treatments

People shower in a street in Yangon on Thursday.  US President Barack Obama congratulated Myanmar for holding "free and fair" polls, a minister said, as the government and army chief promised a smooth transition of power as Aung San Suu Kyi's party tip-toed towards an election victory

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People shower in a street in Yangon on Thursday

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Novice Buddhist nuns walk to collect alms in Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday.
Myanmar voted Sunday in historic elections that will test whether popular mandate will help loosen the military’€™s longstanding hold on power even if opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party secures a widely-expected victory.

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Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi celebrate as they hear the first official results of the elections outside the National League of Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon.

A Myanmar child laborer carries baskets loaded with gravel used for construction on his shoulders in Yangon, Myanmar

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A Myanmar child laborer carries baskets loaded with gravel used for construction on his shoulders in Yangon, Myanmar

Labourers ride on truck on their way to work on the outskirt of Yangon on Monday.

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Labourers ride on truck on their way to work on the outskirt of Yangon on Monday.

Myanmar worker carries rice bags on his shoulder at a jetty near Yangon river, Yangon, Myanmar, 03 September 2015. Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) official told media that Myanmar would resume rice export on mid-september which has halted since the first week of August after mooson heavy rain and floods hit around the nation. MRF said this year rice export is expected less than 1.5 millon tons despide the government firstly expected about 2 million tons of this fical year as about 400.000 hectares of rice fields were expected to be damaged by floods

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A Myanmar worker carries rice bags on his shoulder at a jetty near Yangon river, Yangon, Myanmar on Thursday. Myanmar will resume rice export from september which has been halted since the first week of August after mooson heavy rain and floods hit around the nation

A Buddhist monk walks around the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunrise in Yangon

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A Buddhist monk walks around the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunrise in Yangon. Buddhism in Myanmar is predominantly of the Theravada tradition, practiced by 89 percent of the country’s population.

A worker looks on amid a pile of logs at a holding area along the Yangon river in Yangon on July 23, 2015. Beijing on July 23 hit out at long jail sentences handed to more than 150 Chinese nationals for illegal logging in Myanmar, in the latest tremor to shake relations between the neighbours

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A worker looks on amid a pile of logs at a holding area along the Yangon river in Yangon on Thursday. Beijing hit out at long jail sentences handed to more than 150 Chinese nationals for illegal logging in Myanmar, in the latest tremor to shake relations between the neighbours

A passenger boat moves across the water while people onboard feed seagulls at Botahtaung Jetty in Yangon...A passenger boat moves across the water while people onboard feed seagulls at Botahtaung Jetty in Yangon January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

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A passenger boat moves across the water while people on board feed seagulls at Botahtaung Jetty in Yangon, Myanmar 

Myanmar's day laborers unload sands from a ship as they work at a construction site Wednesday, Dec.10, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Myanmar’s day labourers unload sand from a ship as they work at a construction site on Wednesday in Yangon, Myanmar

Men sleep covered with a mosquito net on a bridge above a train station outside Yangon August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Z

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Men sleep covered with a mosquito net on a bridge above a train station outside Yangon

Local residents ride a boat on a flooded road overflown by the Bago river at a low-lying part in Bago, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.   Flooding is common during Myanmar's monsoon season, which typically starts in late May and ends in mid-October.

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Local residents ride a boat on a flooded road overflown by the Bago river at a low-lying part in Bago, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Yangon, Myanmar

The faithful wear traditional costumes a...The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of Kasone Festival to mark Buddha's birthday in Yangon on May 13, 2014.  The festival commemorates the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha. AFP PHOTO/YE AUNG THUYe Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

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The faithful wear traditional costumes as they take part in a ceremony at Shwedagon pagoda on the full moon day of Kasone festival to mark Buddha’s birthday in Yangon, Myanmar. The festival commemorates the anniversary of the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni 

A visually impaired monk is assisted as he participates in a walk to mark White Cane Day in Yangon. About 1000 blind and visually impaired people from around Myanmar took part in the event.

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A visually impaired monk is assisted as he participates in a walk to mark White Cane Day in Yangon. About 1,000 blind and visually impaired people from around Myanmar took part in the event.

Dailylife Myanmar...epa03884887 A picture showing children asleep on the platform of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, 26 September 2013.  EPA/NYEIN CHAN NAING

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Children asleep on the platform of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar.

A woman stands in her verandah behind an iron-gill, speckled with Christmas trees in Yangon, Myanmar Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

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Christmas trees in Yangon, Myanmar

Landless Myanmar residents pray during a protest against land grabs in Yangon on September 23, 2013. Some 200 people who are seeking the return of their lands took part in the protest in the city.

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Landless Myanmar residents pray during a protest against land grabs in Yangon on Monday. Some 200 people who are seeking the return of their lands took part in the protest in the city.

Pedestrians make their way along a flooded road while vehicles make slow progress in heavy traffic on Thursday, Aug 22, 2013, in Yangon, Myanmar. Heavy rains on Thursday evening caused road flooding and traffic congestion in many parts of Yangon. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

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Pedestrians make their way along a flooded road while vehicles make slow progress in heavy traffic on Thursday in Yangon, Myanmar