Suu Kyi's party claims landslide victory

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By Rishi
Date  02 April 2012
Myanmar's main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has claimed a landslide victory in weekend's parliamentary by-elections.

"We won 43 seats out of 44. We are waiting for the results for the last one, in northern Shan state," said NLD spokesman Kyi Toe on Monday.

NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was imprisoned by the former junta for most of the past 22 years, also won a seat in the lower house of parliament by gaining an estimated 90 percent of the vote in her Kawhmu constituency.

Official results are expected in a few days, but the NLD released the party's results from its headquarters in capital Yangon.

It is the first election the Nobel Peace Prize laureate contested after being under house arrest during Myanmar's past two general elections in 1990 and 2010.

“This is not so much our triumph as a triumph for people who have decided that they must be involved in the political process in this country," Suu Kyi said in a victory speech in Yangon.

"We hope this will be the beginning of a new era," said the 66-year-old activist.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy is one of the 17 opposition parties taking part in the elections.

In 1990, the NLD won parliamentary vote by a landslide but was denied power by the junta for two decades.

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