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Myanmar: Opposition confident of election victory

9th Nov 2015
Myanmar: Opposition confident of election victory
By Joshua Carroll

 

YANGON, (AA): Senior officials in Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy were confident Monday of victory in a historic general election as unofficial results suggested huge gains for the party.

Spokesperson Win Htein said the party has won 70 percent of the votes counted so far, though official results will not begin emerging until later Monday.

A clear picture of the final nationwide result may take days to emerge, but some observers are already expecting a landslide for the NLD.

Powerful members of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, including Chairman Htay Oo, have lost out to their NLD opponents. Shwe Mann, who had been considered a likely presidential candidate for the party, lost in his constituency of Phyu.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace laureate leader of the NLD who spent 15 years under house arrest for opposing the former junta, urged supporters at party headquarters Monday not to “provoke” candidates who have lost.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that Myanmar had moved “one step closer to democracy”.

 

[Photo: National League for Democracy supporters hold a rally in front of the NLD headquarters in Yangon at the end of the voting day on November 8, 2015. Photographer: Alexandra Radu/AA]

 

 

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