Su Kyi's landslide victory announced



    Su Kyi's landslide victory announced

    Nov 13, Yangon: Myanmar's opposition National League for Democracy has won a landslide election victory, according to the authorities. 

    With more than 80% of contested seats now declared, Aung San Suu Kyi's party has over two-thirds it  requires to choose the next president. According to reports, however a quarter of seats are automatically held by the military, which means that it remains hugely influential.Despite the win under the constitution Ms Suu Kyi cannot become president herself. The results have been announced five days after the polls closed and exactly five years since the day she had been released from house arrest.

    This historic outcome had been clear, but unofficial since early results on Monday and Tuesday.Earlier this week outside the headquarters of the NLD there had been jubilant scenes as results came in. Now as the majority was confirmed there was nobody. It may have been because the result was a foregone conclusion.

    By early Friday, the NLD needed two more votes to reach the threshold required for a majority. Then at midday, the electoral commission said the party had taken 348 of the 664 seats in the two houses of parliament. This represents a two-thirds majority of the contested seats. Off late president Thein stated that he would respect the will of the Burmese people as votes are being counted and the final tally is not expected for several days.

    The process of choosing a new president will begin in January, when parliament reconvenes.
    Our correspondent says the election has been remarkable both in the peaceful and largely fair way it was run and by the response of the losing side.
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    Banner unveiled outside NLD headquarters in Yangon
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    The NLD unveiled a banner outside their headquarters after the win was confirmed saying "The Way We Trust"
    Does the NLD now control Myanmar?
    Not really - it has enough seats in the upper and lower house to choose the president but the army has 25% of seats and controls key ministries, so they will need to work together. Despite Ang San Su Kyi's landslide victory, scores of people including the Rohingya musilim community were unable to vote.

    About 30 million people were eligible to vote in the election - turnout was estimated at about 80%.
    It was widely seen as a fair vote though there were reports of irregularities, and hundreds of thousands of people - including the Muslim Rohingya minority, who are not recognised as citizens - were denied voting rights.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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