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Suu Kyi's NLD wins landslide victory

November 13, 2015 5:12 pm

With more than 80% of contested seats now declared, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has more than the two-thirds it needs to choose the president, ending decades of military-backed rule.

A quarter of seats are automatically held by the military, meaning it remains hugely influential.

Under the constitution, Suu Kyi cannot become president herself.

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Despite this, the election was seen as the first openly contested poll in Myanmar – also known as Burma – in 25 years.

Next stop for Aung San Suu Kyi are talks with President Thein Sein and the army Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing. They are likely to happen in Nay Pyi Taw next week.

There is plenty to discuss and Suu Kyi is likely to try and reassure them that her government will be inclusive, and not purely made up from her NLD party.

Then there is the thorny issue of the upcoming “lame duck” parliamentary session. Incredibly, the members of the old pre-election Burmese parliament are due to gather next week for a final session that runs until the end of January.

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