Karenni State is Burma’s smallest, both in terms of land mass and population. The 2010 election saw the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) sweep every seat, though the vote was widely viewed as flawed and polls were not held in some parts of the state due to ethnic armed conflict and instability.

Three parties claiming to represent the interests of the state’s ethnic Karenni population have pledged to ally in the upcoming national election, hoping to win more seats by cooperating rather than competing for votes.

Karenni State returns seven lawmakers to the Union Parliament’s Lower House and 12 to the Upper House. The regional legislature is made up of 15 elected parliamentarians, including one ethnic affairs representative, and five appointed military MPs.

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