Aung San Suu Kyi’s party wins majority in Myanmar elections

Aung San Suu Kyi's party wins majority in Myanmar elections

New Delhi (NVI): Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party has secured enough seats in parliament to form the next government, according to the latest election results.

According to the latest batch of results from Sunday’s vote, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has secured 322 seats in the bicameral legislature needed to form a government.

The NLD has taken 346 seats of the 412 seats that have been declared, with results from 64 more yet to be announced. Myanmar voters went to the polls on Sunday.

Confirmation of the comfortable win will be a welcome boost for Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace laureate who has had a turbulent first term marked by a brutal 2017 crackdown on the ethnic Rohingya that is now the subject of a genocide investigation, a failure to make significant headway on the country’s myriad ethnic conflicts and now the coronavirus.

India, Japan and Singapore had earlier congratulated the NLD on their win.

The main opposition party, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), had won 24 seats, according to the partial official results.

The USDP raised objections to the poll on Wednesday 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”.

-CHK