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Myanmar ruling party concedes as Suu Kyi heads for poll landslide NAYPYITAW/HINTHADA: Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat on Monday in a general election as the opposition led by democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on course for a landslide victory that could ensure it forms the next government."We lost," Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) acting chairman Htay Oo told Reuters a day after the Southeast Asian country's first free nationwide election in a quarter of a century.By late afternoon on Monday, vendors outside the headquarters of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Yangon were selling red T-shirts with Suu Kyi's face and the words "We won".The election commission was announcing the results of Sunday's election as they trickled in, constituency by constituency. Suu Kyi's party won 49 of the first 54 seats declared for the lower house, where 330 seats were contested.The keenly watched vote was Myanmar's first general election since its long-ruling military ceded power to President ...

Suu Kyi party chalks up wins in first Myanmar poll results YANGON: Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party on Monday cheered early results from Myanmar's historic election, with hopes boosted of sweeping gains to carry it to power after decades of military dominance.Election authorities have so far announced only a small fraction of the results, but the National League for Democracy has scooped the lion's share of those, boosting enthusiasm in the crowds in front of Suu Kyi's party headquarters in Yangon Monday evening. ...
US concerned by 'far from perfect' Myanmar vote WASHINGTON: The United States welcomed Myanmar's landmark election Sunday, but warned of "important structural and systemic impediments" to full democratization in the Southeast Asian nation after decades of military rule.US Secretary of State John Kerry said the massive turnout, which could see opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party catapulted to power, was a "testament to the courage and sacrifice shown by the people of Burma over many decades."But "while these elections were an important ...
Opposition leader Suu Kyi votes in Myanmar polls: AFP YANGON: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cast her vote Sunday in Myanmar's election, in a landmark poll she hopes will see her National League for Democracy Party win a majority.Suu Kyi, wearing a red top and flowers in her hair, was mobbed by scores of journalists, while Myanmar voters shouted "victory, victory" as she was ushered from her car into the polling station. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
Purple fingers, poll cards mark change for Myanmar voters YANGON: All through the day voters emerged onto Myanmar's streets, patiently waiting under a tropical sun in snaking queues.Among them supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party hope their mark on the ballot will overhaul a country cramped for decades by ulcerous junta rule.Some smiled, others wore a more determined look as they voted in an election many have craved for a generation but almost dared not believe would happen."We want the system to ...
Philippines marks second anniversary of devastating Typhoon Haiyan TACLOBAN: The Philippines Sunday marked the second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan - with the bodies of possible victims of the disaster which left at least 7,350 people dead or missing still being uncovered. Thousands of residents marked the two-year milestone in the city of Tacloban, which was devastated by the huge storm, as memorials were unveiled and masses held. On Saturday authorities confirmed they found six new bodies.The unidentified skeletal remains were found by a ...
Suu Kyi's date with destiny arrives as Myanmar votes YANGON: Myanmar goes to the polls Sunday in an historic election that could thrust Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party into power and pull the country away from the grip of the military.The Southeast Asian nation was ruled for five decades by a brutal junta that smothered opponents with violence, jail and political sleight of hand.But in 2011 the junta suddenly handed power to a semi-civilian government led by former generals.Sweeping reforms since have loosened ...

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