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Burma elections: Nobel laureate Suu Kyi's party wins landslide victory

Burma elections Nobel laureate Suu Kyi s party wins landslide victory pardesi news 1459247748

The Nobel laureate will be able to form next government and to choose the next president as latest election results carry her National League for Democracy past the winning line. It was the country's first national vote since a nominally civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule.

History has been recently created in Myanmar (or Burma), as the Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) was confirmed the winner of the elections general conducted on 8 November. Importantly, it was the Myanmar's first national vote since a nominally civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule. The NLD now has control of parliament and can choose the next president.

Asked why so many people voted for her party, the Nobel laureate said, “Our hearts beat in the same note. We struggled together, and we had hopes together….We dreamed together for nearly 30 years. The NLD and the people are comrades-in-arms. I think that is the reason they supported us”.

However, despite her fabulous win, the leader of Myanmar's long-fought democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi can't become the President. As the change in Myanmar's constitution, drafted by the military dictatorship, prevents anyone with foreign family members from becoming the nation's leader. Suu Kyi's late husband was British and her children also hold British passports. Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of Burma’s assassinated independence hero was living in UK when she returned to her homeland in 1988 to care for her sick mother. She holds a degree from University of Delhi, India and St Hugh’s College, Oxford, the UK.

Thein Sein and the powerful army leadership congratulated the democratic champion Aung San Suu Kyi on its victory.  

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