Myanmar opp. wins majority in parliament

National League for Democracy led by democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi secures enough seats to select next president

Myanmar opp. wins majority in parliament

World Bulletin / News Desk

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) secured a "supermajority" of Myanmar's parliamentary seats Friday, smashing through the threshold it needs to elect the next president and then form a government. 

It has been taken for granted for days that the NLD won overwhelmingly when millions went to the polls Sunday, but analysts were waiting for official confirmation that the party had hit the "magic number" of 329 seats that would allow it to elect a president without help from other parties.

That came at midday local time Friday when the election commission announced the party had secured at least 348 out of 498 seats in the upper and lower houses.

Sunday's poll was regarded as the freest in decades and a largely credible test of the will of the people despite several flaws.

 It is the second time the NLD has won a national election by a landslide but, unlike in 1990, it is expected the military will allow them to take power. 

The party was formed amid a democratic uprising against the junta in the late 1980s and has since been the largest pro-democracy force in the country.

Its activists and leaders, including Suu Kyi, spent years under house arrest or in prison for opposing the regime.

The NLD will now be able to elect both the president and one of two vice presidents in an electoral college formed of new MPs early next year. The president will then select a cabinet. 

Suu Kyi is ineligible for the role under the military-drafted constitution, but has vowed to lead the country with a puppet president. 

 

 

 

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