Victory for Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) has secured a sweeping victory in Sunday’s by-elections, has extended a welcome to all parties to join in the process of working for national consolidation and to bring about peace and prosperity to the country.

In her first public speech at her party’s headquarters here Monday, Nobel laureate Suu Kyi described her party’s election victory as the people’s victory, attributing it to the spiritual support of and co-operation with the people.

She promised to protect the rights of the minority and urged her supporters to avoid causing “mental disruptions” to other individual or organization, noting that many things remained to be done in a broad-minded manner.

She thanked a broad range of people for being enthusiastically involved in the democratic process, underscoring the people’s role in political life. She reiterated the NLD’s three election objectives, namely the rule of law, internal peace and amending the Constitution.

According to the NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi has received the document of acknowledgment from the Election Commission of her victory in Sunday’s by-elections.

The NLD has swept 43 vacant parliamentary seats out of 45 in respective township constituencies in the by-elections held across the country, according to the initial election results obtained so far and confirmed by the party.

These constituencies include all six in Yangon region, in which Aung San Suu Kyi won with over 85 per cent of the votes against U Soe Min of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and U Tin Yi of the Unity and Peace Party (UPP) in Kawhmu township constituency, while other NLD candidates swept most vacant seats in Nay Pyi Taw constituencies.

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