Yangon: Ending decades of military backed rule, Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy has won a landslide election victory, officials say. With more than 80% of seats declared from Sunday’s poll, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has more than the two-thirds it needs to choose the president.
But a quarter of seats were assigned uncontested to the military, meaning it remains hugely influential. Under the constitution Ms Suu Kyi cannot become president herself. Despite this, the election was seen as the first openly contested poll in Myanmar – also known as Burma – in 25 years.
The Burmese like their numbers. So just maybe Myanmar’s Union Election Commission waited for an auspicious day.
Five days after polls closed, and exactly five years to the day since Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, her party’s majority in parliament was confirmed.
This historic outcome had been clear, but unofficial since early results on Monday and Tuesday.
Earlier this week outside the headquarters of the NLD there had been jubilant scenes as results came in. Now as the majority was confirmed there was nobody. It may have been because the result was a foregone conclusion.
Or, more likely, the NLD were respecting the wishes of Aung San Suu Kyi. Earlier this week she called on her supporters to avoid triumphalism and respect the feelings of those that lost.