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Myanmar's opposition party celebrates win in historic parliamentary election

Myanmar
by Anna K. Poole
Posted 11/11/15, 10:53 am

This weekend, Myanmar held free parliamentary elections for the first time in 25 years. Thousands of citizens, some of whom had never voted before, proudly displayed purple-inked fingers, a mark of ballot-casting, and awaited news of the winning party. 

Today, after three days of post-election limbo, Myanmar’s government announced the triumph of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the National League for Democracy (NLD). The NLD’s landslide victory bolsters hope for a transition to democracy after decades of repressive military rule. 

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Globe Trot: Burmese opposition party poised for sweeping election victory

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/09/15, 12:10 pm

BURMA: The Guardian is live-updating results from elections in Burma (also known as Myanmar), where the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) appears to be pulling in 97 percent of the vote in some areas. Its popular leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is barred from assuming the presidency, but the win should put a significant dent in the power of the military junta that has ruled Burma since 1962.

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Globe Trot: Burma puts democracy to the test in Sunday elections

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/06/15, 12:45 pm

BURMA: On Sunday, Burma, also called Myanmar, is set to hold its first contested election in 25 years. Even before votes were cast, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said she will lead the country in a role “above the president” if her party wins.

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