01/10/2011 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Burma Election Reignites Ethnic Tensions

The seizure of two Burmese border towns by ethnic rebels is a significant move in the ethnic armed struggle of the past 20 years, and the latest attacks this week are a byproduct of the junta's controversial election on Sunday and are likely to spark other clashes.

On Sunday morning while Burma went to polls, troops of the 5th Brigade of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) entered Myawaddy and seized government buildings in the town which borders Mae Sot, Thailand. The following morning, DKBA rebels seized another township, Three Pagodas Pass, opposite Sankgkhlaburi, Thailand.

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