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Myanmar's Suu Kyi poised for landslide win

Monday, November 09, 2015 - 01:17

As final results come in, the party of democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi claims it will have more than enough seats in parliament to form a government. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Even though final results are still coming in, Myanmar looks poised to form its first democratically-elected government since the early 1960's. The long-ruling military has conceded defeat... and it's looking like a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy, the party of opposition figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) KHIN HLA HLA THEIN, 43, SAYING: "I came back from abroad. I spent money for the air ticket; I didn't trust casting my ballot in advance voting. I came back to vote in person." The NLD says it'll likely take more than 70 percent of the seats in parliament -- well beyond the two-thirds threshold needed to form a government. But amid the jubilance, there's uncertainty. The constitution drafted by the ruling junta guarantees one-quarter of parliamentary seats to unelected members of the military, and gives the armed forces the right to take over the government under certain circumstances. Then, too, it's unclear how easily Suu Kyi herself -- who's barred from running for president but has vowed to rule from the sidelines -- will be able to share power with a military that remains dominant. For today however, those concerns are secondary to the knowledge that change has come to Myanmar.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi poised for landslide win

Monday, November 09, 2015 - 01:17