Ben Rhodes, one of US President Barack Obama's top aides, warned the Myanmar government that the use of religion in politics violates Myanmar's constitution and could lead to instability and violence.
"We see the risk of religious expression being inconsistent with the constitution which separates religion and politics," he said. Hardliners from a radical Buddhist organisation called Ma Ba Tha have organised anti-Muslim rallies in support of laws seen as targeting the country's Muslim minority, stoking communal tensions in the Buddhist-majority country ahead of elections on November 8.
Mr Rhodes also warned Myanmar's leaders that not respecting the outcome of the election would "clearly represent a step backward" and the US "would have to make an assessment of any policy response".
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