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Aung San Suu Kyi Wins Myanmar's General Elections

Aung San Suu Kyi Wins General Elections

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Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's oppositional leader, has won the general election held last Sunday, according to Xinhua News.

Suu Kyi was re-elected as a representative in the Lower House of The House Of Representatives in Myanmar next parliament.

Suu Kyi is the overall chairperson for her party the National League of Democracy (NLD).

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"The results have been coming in steadily, and we will probably get between around 75% in the union legislature," said Suu Kyi, in an interview with BBC on Tuesday.

The 70-year-old politician expressed her confidence in the election and the future of NDP.

The newly elected Suu Kyi competed against rival U Kyaw Zin Hein, a candidate representing the incumbent Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

Suu Kyi gathered 54,676 votes, a huge difference from Zin Hein's 15,312 votes. NLD had approximately 1,123 candidates while USDP nominated 1,112 for participating in the elections.

NLD earned 291 seats in the three levels of the parliament, these includes the 78 seats in the House of Representatives, 29 seats in the House of Nationalities and 19 seats in the Region or State Parliament.

The rival party, USDP, garnered 27 seats, which were evenly scattered in the three levels of the parliament.

An overall amount of 333 representatives were elected to the three levels of the parliament, based on the election result announced by UEC last Tuesday.

As NLD collects more positions in the government, the party's  supporters showed their selfless devotion by gathering outside their official headquarters in Yangon, according to CNN.

The supporters wore shirts with Suu Kyi's face printed on them and waved NLD's official flag with an emblem of a golden peacock.

NLD was formed in September 1988 following a military occupation lead by General Saw Maung. Saw Maung was succeeded by the Senior General Than Shwe.

After Than Shwe's term ended, U Thein Sein was elected as the first president of a civilian government.

NLD shunned the general elections in 2010 when Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest.

After Suu Kyi was freed after the 2010 elections, she participated in by-elections in April 2012 after recovering the party's legal status.

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