Results Pour Through in Myanmar Election

Credit to Asia Society (Flickr)

Credit to Asia Society (Flickr

Following Sunday’s election, a spokesperson for the President of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has sent his congratulations to the leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The National League for Democracy took around 90% of the electorate, although roughly 60% of the vote has yet to be counted. This is a particularly significant election in Myanmar’s history, and should represent a transition from the military imposed rule of the Union Solidarity and Development Party.

However in 1990, the NLD won elections, only for the result to be nullified, and Ms Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest until 2010. Alongside this, a quarter of the seats are reserved for the military, bringing into question exactly how democratic the outcome of this election will be.

Furthermore, the constitution bans Ms Suu Kyi from being president, despite her being the leader of the National League for Democracy, although she has claimed that it won’t stop her from “making all the decisions.”

Ms Suu Kyi now seeks to have talks with President Thein Sein, to discuss a reconciliation process and her party’s transition into government.

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