Suu Kyi’s party declared winner in Myanmar’s elections

Picture: The Irrawaddy

The National League for Democracy (NLD), party of former democracy icon and state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, has been declared winner of Myanmar’ general elections held on November 8.

The country’s election commission said that the NLD has won 346 of the 412 seats in parliament so far, with results for 64 more seats yet to be announced. The win will be a welcome boost for Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate who had a turbulent first term as she struggled to meet high public expectations, especially abroad.

The NLD won by a similar margin like in the last election in 2015, then the first free vote since the end of military rule in Myanmar. This time, the ballot was seen as a referendum on Suu Kyi’s government, which is hugely popular at home partly for her hardcore stance on the issue of the Muslim Rohingya minority.

However, her reputation abroad has almost completely collapsed due to accusations of genocide against the Rohingya.

The main opposition party, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), won 24 seats so far. The USDP raised objections to the vote count and demanded a new vote as soon as possible “in order to have an election that is free, fair, unbiased and free from unfair campaigning.”

Election observers say there were no irregularities

However, international and domestic observers said the vote went smoothly and without major irregularities.

The election commission said any allegations of irregularities were from a minority of participants. The NLD has also demanded proof of wrongdoing, while the military, in an earlier statement, said the election had been carried out successfully.

However, an estimated 1.5 million voters in areas dominated by ethnic minority communities were not allowed to vote due to “security concerns,” and, in addition, about 1.1 million Rohingya continue to be denied citizenship and therefore are also not entitled to cast their ballot in Myanmar.

Critics have said that Aung San Suu Kyi since her first election victory in 2015 has failed to deliver on reforms or bring stability to Myanmar. While she promised to deliver peace, conflicts in parts of the country have only intensified, and anger among minorities has been heightened.



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Picture: The Irrawaddy The National League for Democracy (NLD), party of former democracy icon and state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, has been declared winner of Myanmar’ general elections held on November 8. The country’s election commission said that the NLD has won 346 of the 412 seats in parliament so far, with results for 64 more seats yet to be announced. The win will be a welcome boost for Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate who had a turbulent first term as she struggled to meet high public expectations, especially abroad. The NLD won by a similar margin like...

Picture: The Irrawaddy

The National League for Democracy (NLD), party of former democracy icon and state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, has been declared winner of Myanmar’ general elections held on November 8.

The country’s election commission said that the NLD has won 346 of the 412 seats in parliament so far, with results for 64 more seats yet to be announced. The win will be a welcome boost for Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate who had a turbulent first term as she struggled to meet high public expectations, especially abroad.

The NLD won by a similar margin like in the last election in 2015, then the first free vote since the end of military rule in Myanmar. This time, the ballot was seen as a referendum on Suu Kyi’s government, which is hugely popular at home partly for her hardcore stance on the issue of the Muslim Rohingya minority.

However, her reputation abroad has almost completely collapsed due to accusations of genocide against the Rohingya.

The main opposition party, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), won 24 seats so far. The USDP raised objections to the vote count and demanded a new vote as soon as possible “in order to have an election that is free, fair, unbiased and free from unfair campaigning.”

Election observers say there were no irregularities

However, international and domestic observers said the vote went smoothly and without major irregularities.

The election commission said any allegations of irregularities were from a minority of participants. The NLD has also demanded proof of wrongdoing, while the military, in an earlier statement, said the election had been carried out successfully.

However, an estimated 1.5 million voters in areas dominated by ethnic minority communities were not allowed to vote due to “security concerns,” and, in addition, about 1.1 million Rohingya continue to be denied citizenship and therefore are also not entitled to cast their ballot in Myanmar.

Critics have said that Aung San Suu Kyi since her first election victory in 2015 has failed to deliver on reforms or bring stability to Myanmar. While she promised to deliver peace, conflicts in parts of the country have only intensified, and anger among minorities has been heightened.



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