Suu Kyi hails Burma victory

Aung San Suu Kyi has hailed her victory for the National League for Democracy Party as a 'triumph of the people' after claiming a landslide victory in a series of by-elections.

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Hague commends Burma for 'courage to change'

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After Burma's elections we'll look with other nations for ways to recognise the change & urge more action on democracy & #HumanRights

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Burma shows it takes courage to change a country. Clinging onto power & refusing to change is easiest course but will fail. Syria take note

Hague: Time for Burma's president 'to bring about lasting reform'

I welcome these remarkable results and the progress they represent.

I congratulate President Thein Sein and encourage him to continue to pursue the path to reform he has set out.

It will be important for his Government to continue to work with Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD and other democratic forces, to bring about lasting and irreversible reform.

The UK, as the largest bilateral donor of aid to Burma, stands ready to support this process.

– William Hague, Foreign Secretary

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A small vote for democracy

Officials count votes at a polling station in Dagon township in Yangon.
Officials count votes at a polling station in Dagon township in Yangon. Credit: AP Photo/Khin Maung Win

Polling stations across Burma opened their doors to cameras their ballot papers, as Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy claimed by-election victories in at least 18 of the 45 available seats.

Officials show a ballot paper that shows a vote for Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democratic party.
Officials show a ballot paper that shows a vote for Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democratic party. Credit: AP Photo/Khin Maung Win

Su Kyi has said her top priorities are to introduce the rule of law, end long-simmering ethnic insurgencies and amend the 2008 constitution that ensures the military retains a political stake and its strong influence over the country.

Another polling station in Yangon, another vote for Aung San Suu Kyi.
Another polling station in Yangon, another vote for Aung San Suu Kyi. Credit: AP Photo/Khin Maung Win
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