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Myanmar eagerly awaits election results

Monday, November 09, 2015 - 01:30

Supporters of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi say they are confident of a landslide win, as the country eagerly awaits results after historic polls. Natasha Howitt reports.

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It's a day after Myanmar held its first free general election in 25 years, and the country is on the edge of its seat. Results are expected to trickle in throughout the day, but a clear picture is not expected before Tuesday. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy - also known as the NLD - is expected to win the largest share of votes. Outside NLD party headquarters, the Nobel laureate voiced confidence. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY LEADER AUNG SAN SUU KYI SAYING: "Until this time, the election results have not been declared. I think everyone already knows or has guessed what the election result is." Whatever the result, Myanmar is heading towards a period of uncertainty. A legacy of military rule means Suu Kyi cannot become president herself. She and other ascendent parties then have to negotiate sharing power with a still-dominant military. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) 42-YEAR-OLD YANGON RESIDENT, MA KHAING MYO TWIN, SAYING: "I really want to know the results. I couldn't sleep the whole night. I am waiting for results. Not just me but my friends and colleagues are waiting for an update on results via Facebook." The constitution guarantees one-quarter of parliament's seats to unelected members of the armed forces. The NLD therefore need to have won more than two-thirds of contested seats to form a government and choose its own president. The ruling military-backed USDP would need far fewer.

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Myanmar eagerly awaits election results

Monday, November 09, 2015 - 01:30