Suu Kyi's party claims landslide win in Myanmar vote

By REUTERS
April 2, 2012 07:22

 
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YANGON - The party of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi won Myanmar's weekend by-elections by a landslide, claiming all but one of the vacant seats and clearing the way for the former political prisoner to enter parliament in a historic vote that could lead the West to end sanctions.

The charismatic Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who led the struggle against military rule in the former Burma for two decades, seems set to be one of 44 new National League for Democracy (NLD) lawmakers, the party said on Monday.

The NLD did not contest one of the 45 by-elections.

"As far as we have heard from our sources, NLD candidates won in all 44 seats. I think the Election Commission will come up with official announcements soon," NLD campaign manager Nyan Win told Reuters.

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