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Landmark elections held in Myanmar - November 8, 2015

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Millions of Burmese cast their ballots on November 8 in the first free election in Myanmar in 25 years. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was widely expected to do well. As results were announced a few days later, it proved to be a virtual sweep for the NLD, which bagged 86% of the seats open for contest across the two houses of parliament, comfortably ahead of the 329 needed for an absolute majority. NLD’s landmark win means an effective end to absolute domination of the country by the military. However, the military remains a powerful force as the Constitution gives it an automatic hold of one-fourth of the seats in parliament. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Laureate, is herself barred from the presidency by the army-drafted constitution. However, her party will be able to form a government, push through key reforms, and choose its own president. In a message, the president’s spokesperson congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi and said the government would obey the results and work towards a peaceful transfer of power. Source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/16/myanmar-election-victory-aung-san-suu-kyi-mobbed-on-parliament-visit