(London Post) Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party has won a majority in Myanmar’s parliament, official results have said. The party will now be able to choose the country’s next president.
The poll from Sunday’s vote is still being counted and final results are not expected for several days. Incoming results confirmed the landslide victory, however.
Due to a controversial law, which critics say was meant to prevent Suu Kyi from heading the country, the president cannot have a foreign-born spouse or children.
Suu Kyi has two British sons from her now deceased British husband. Despite the ban she has said she would rule “above the president” as the head of the party.
Suu Kyi was placed under house for 15 years between 1990 and 201.
Myanmar has been under military control for half a century. Sunday’s vote has been hailed as a vital step in the country’s transition to democracy, with the US describing the election as a “a victory” for the Myanmar people, but analysts predict difficult months lie ahead.
The armed forces have continued to hold sway in many of the country’s political institutions since handing over power to President Thein Sein’s quasi civilian government in 2011. Under the junta-crafted constitution, at least a quarter of the seats in both chambers of parliament must go to the military.
ksb/rc (Reuters, AP, AFP)