Suu Kyi's opposition party takes majority in Myanmar's parliament

By REUTERS
November 13, 2015 08:25

YANGON - The party of democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi has won a majority in Myanmar's parliament, the election commission said on Friday, giving it enough seats to elect its chosen candidate to the presidency when the new legislature convenes next year.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) had been expected take control of parliament since Sunday's nationwide vote, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US President Barack Obama had already congratulated her on a landmark victory in the country's first free election in 25 years.

Obama and Ban also praised Myanmar President Thein Sein for successfully staging the historic poll, with the UN chief acknowledging his "courage and vision" to organize an election in which the ruling camp was trounced.

Results have been trickling in since the weekend, and on Friday the election commission announced the latest batch of seats that pushed the NLD over the threshold to secure an absolute majority in parliament.


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