Myanmar’s Suu Kyi’s Party Claims Victory As Vote Tally Shows Lead

Sunday’s election was seen as a referendum on the young democratic government led by Suu Kyi and the NLD, which is hugely popular at home but has been criticized overseas amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

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Myanmar’s ruling party on Monday said it had won enough seats in parliament to form the next government after reporting a lead based on its unofficial count of votes in the country’s second general election.

Party spokesman Myo Nyunt told News Correspondents that internal reports showed the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, had won the 322 seats in parliament needed.

Although no official results had been announced by the election commission which is expected to announce official results later on Monday.

Sunday’s election was seen as a referendum on the young democratic government led by Suu Kyi and the NLD, which is hugely popular at home but has been criticized overseas amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Up for grabs in the election are 315 seats in the 425-member lower house and 161 seats in the 217-seat upper house of parliament.

The military, which ruled Myanmar for nearly 50 years until it began withdrawing from civilian politics in 2011, controls a quarter of seats in both houses of parliament.

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