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Myanmar says referendum will go ahead in most of country - UPDATE
05.06.08, 4:48 AM ET



BANGKOK (Thomson Financial) - Myanmar's constitutional referendum set for this weekend will go ahead except in 47 townships worst hit by a cyclone that has left 15,000 dead, according to state television monitored Tuesday in Bangkok.

The referendum set for Saturday will be the first balloting in the military-ruled nation in nearly two decades.

The junta has decided that the vote will go ahead despite the cyclone that ploughed across southwestern Myanmar at the weekend, ravaging a region home to 24 million people -- nearly half the country's population.

'The referendum has been postponed in 47 townships, but the other disaster areas have returned to normal,' state television said.

'The referendum will be held on May 24 in seven townships in Irrawaddy and 40 townships in Yangon,' it said.

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