Myanmar’s ruling party: “We have to find out why we lost”

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Myanmar ballotVote counting in Myanmar is still ongoing and complete results are not expected until tonight, but one thing is clear: Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has won this election at a huge margin.

CCTV NEWS, the English news channel of China Central Television (CCTV), just reported that Myanmar’s ruling party conceded the defeat.

An NLD spokesman for said that the party is heading towards a landslide victory in Myanmar’s first free and fair elections in 25 years.

“We are winning more than 70 per cent of seats around the country, but the election commission has not officially confirmed it yet,” said NLD spokesman Win Htein.

Reportedly, Suu Kyi won up to 90 per cent of votes in some main city electorates, decimating the ruling military-backed party.

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USDP acting chairman U Htay Oo is wondering why his party lost

The acting chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) has told BBC that he has lost his own seat in the constituency of Hinthada to the NLD – seen as a key indicator of election results.

“We have to find out the reason why we lost,” U Htay Oo said. “However, we do accept the results without any reservations. We still don’t know the final results for sure.”

The speaker of the lower house of parliament and USDP member Shwe Mann also conceded defeat in his constituency to the NLD candidate. Shwe Mann previously had developed close ties with Suu Kyi, prompting speculation he could take a key role in bridging the divide between the NLD and the military after the new government is formed.

The NLD needs 67 per cent of contested seats to secure a majority in Myanmar’s parliament, as 25 per cent of seats are automatically allocated to the country’s powerful military. Two-thirds of the seats in parliament that would enable the NLD to form an independent government without forming a coalition,

This would end decades of military control.

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Vote counting in Myanmar is still ongoing and complete results are not expected until tonight, but one thing is clear: Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has won this election at a huge margin.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Myanmar ballotVote counting in Myanmar is still ongoing and complete results are not expected until tonight, but one thing is clear: Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has won this election at a huge margin.

CCTV NEWS, the English news channel of China Central Television (CCTV), just reported that Myanmar’s ruling party conceded the defeat.

An NLD spokesman for said that the party is heading towards a landslide victory in Myanmar’s first free and fair elections in 25 years.

“We are winning more than 70 per cent of seats around the country, but the election commission has not officially confirmed it yet,” said NLD spokesman Win Htein.

Reportedly, Suu Kyi won up to 90 per cent of votes in some main city electorates, decimating the ruling military-backed party.

U Htay Oo
USDP acting chairman U Htay Oo is wondering why his party lost

The acting chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) has told BBC that he has lost his own seat in the constituency of Hinthada to the NLD – seen as a key indicator of election results.

“We have to find out the reason why we lost,” U Htay Oo said. “However, we do accept the results without any reservations. We still don’t know the final results for sure.”

The speaker of the lower house of parliament and USDP member Shwe Mann also conceded defeat in his constituency to the NLD candidate. Shwe Mann previously had developed close ties with Suu Kyi, prompting speculation he could take a key role in bridging the divide between the NLD and the military after the new government is formed.

The NLD needs 67 per cent of contested seats to secure a majority in Myanmar’s parliament, as 25 per cent of seats are automatically allocated to the country’s powerful military. Two-thirds of the seats in parliament that would enable the NLD to form an independent government without forming a coalition,

This would end decades of military control.

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