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Myanmar's NLD takes parliamentary majority

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 01:30

Myanmar's election commission announces further results, showing Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD has won a majority in parliament. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has won a majority in Myanmar's parliament. Over the past few days, results from the country's first, free general election in 25 years have slowly been trickling in, and the NLD's victory has seemed likely. But the latest announcement of seats officially pushes the party over the threshold, allowing them to form a government and choose their own president. On the streets of Yangon, home to NLD headquarters, residents were hopeful. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) 69-YEAR OLD YANGON RESIDENT, KHIN MAY HNIN, SAYING: "I am very satisfied and happy for this victory. We have been waiting for this for so long. I wish to live freely without anymore fear or restraints." Suu Kyi's win sweeps out an old guard of former generals that has run Myanmar since 2011. In Naypyitaw, the capital and their ruling party stronghold, most people accepted the results. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) RETIRED OFFICIAL, U THAN DINE, SAYING: "According to the objectives that she (Aung San Su Kyi) has set, everything is reasonable to be accepted and believed." With election results confirmed, the focus will shift to NLD's presidential candidate and plans for government. The post-election transition is expected to be lengthy. Although the constitution bars Suu Kyi from securing the presidential seat herself, she has made it increasingly clear she will run the country regardless.

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Myanmar's NLD takes parliamentary majority

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 01:30