Suu Kyi bets on coronavirus stimulus with little room for error

YANGON — Myanmar’s government is pushing ahead with an economic stimulus package that from one vantage point looks to be unprecedented but from another does not appear to be up to the job of combating the economic impact of the novel coronavirus.

If the government fails to properly handle the crisis, the ruling National League for Democracy, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, could suffer a setback in general elections coming up in November.

The NLD government is now facing the daunting challenge of dealing with the deteriorating economic situation while reining in the spread of the virus.

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