Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party wins historic majority in Burma

Published: Friday 13th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Burma’s election panel has released results showing that Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party has secured a historic majority in the country’s parliament.

With the tally still being counted, the panel said today that Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party has won 15 more seats, pushing it over the threshold it needed of 329 seats for a majority in the 664-member, two-house parliament.

A party with a combined parliamentary majority is able to select the next president, who can then name a cabinet and form a new government.

The tally from Sunday’s vote is still being counted and final results are not expected for several days.

But the incoming results confirmed a landslide win for the opposition and a resounding rejection of military rule in Burma. The country has been under military control for half a century.

Earlier US p resident Barack Obama congratulated Ms Suu Kyi for the success of her opposition party in Myanmar’s historic elections.

Mr Obama also called President Thein Sein to congratulate Burma on its success in conducting the election and the importance of respecting the outcome.

The former general has led Burma’s military-backed government for five years.

Published: Friday 13th November 2015 by The News Editor

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