Myanmar’s opposition party wins all 12 seats of first round

Party of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi wins all 12 seats declared in first round of results counted so far nationwide in country’s historic elections

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech from the balcony of the National League of Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on November 9, 2015

Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy party (NLD) have won all 12 of the parliamentary seats which was announced in the first round of results counted so far in Sunday’s general elections, according to Union Election Commission (UEC).

All of the 12 NLD seats are from the country’s largest city Yangon, UEC Chairman Tin Aye told a news conference.

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi hinted on Monday at a victory by her party in the country’s historic elections and called for her supporters not to provoke rivals that the military supports.

After Sunday’s elections, Suu Kyi delivered a speech to a crowd gathered at the National League for Democracy party (NLD) that the results would not be declared soon "but I think you all have the idea of the results."

"It is still a bit early to congratulate our candidates who will be the winners," the 70-year-old leader said.

"I want to remind you all that even candidates who didn't win have to accept the winners but it is important not to provoke the candidates who didn't win to make them feel bad," she said.

A spokesman of the opposition said the party won more than 70 percent of votes counted so far around the country in Sunday’s election, ending decades of military control in the country.

"We are winning more than 70 percent of seats around the country, but the election commission has not officially confirmed yet," NLD spokesman Win Htein told AFP.

"All of these have to be confirmed by the Union Election Commission. But we are sure about those numbers," he said.

The election commission is expected to start announcing the results late Monday.

To win a majority, the NLD on its own or with allies must secure more than two-thirds of the contested seats. Even so, the military will keep holding significant power, as it reserves the right to appoint top ministerial positions, as well as having the right to take over the government under certain conditions.

But even if NLD succeeds, the Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become president, due to her foreign spouse and children, as it is barred in the army-scripted constitution.

Suu Kyi had earlier said she would be “above the president” if her party wins a landslide election.

The NLD leader had won the elections in 1990, the first multi-party elections since 1960s, but the military junta refused to hand over power.

In 2010, only certain parties were allowed to join the election, as Suu Kyi was under house arrest until the elections were finalised and the NLD was declared illegal.

Many unexpected reforms were implemented in 2011, after the formation of a semi-civilian government, NLD was able to register as a political party in the 2012 by-elections, gaining 43 seats.

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