Suu Kyi's party poised for landslide win in Myanmar
The party claims it will win at least 40 of the 45 seats for which elections were held. If confirmed, it marks a milestone in Myanmar's slow progress towards becoming a democracy.
Myanmar's champion of democracy Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party are poised for a landslide victory in Sunday's byelections to Myanmar's Parliament.
Official results are not expected for a few days, but NLD activists claimed that the party was on track to win at least 40 of the 45 seats for which byelections were held; the NLD had contested 44 seats.
Suu Kyi, the 66-year-old Nobel Peace laureate who was in prison for over 21 years until 2010, herself had won a parliamentary seat for the first time, the NLD claimed. If confirmed by the election authorities, it marks a milestone in Mynmar's slow progress towards a democracy.
Sunday's vote was seen as a key test of the government's commitment to democratic reforms, and ahead of the elections Suu Kyi had highlighted irregularities in the election process.
And although the elections don't change the arithmetic overmuch in Myanmar's Parliament, which is still heavily weighted in favour of the ruling junta, her presence in Parliament and her party's likely landslide victory, will gradually change the dynamics of power going forward.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton congratulated the people of Myanmar for participating in the election process and urged the country's leaders to move ahead with transparency and other reforms.
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