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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Rangoon celebrates Aung San Suu Kyi's victory

Thousands of people remain on the streets of Rangoon tonight to celebrate the victory the reported victory of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.

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Myanmar opposition: By-election win for Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi Credit: Reuters

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won a seat in the country's lower house of parliament after defeating her two rival candidates in a by-election in her constituency, her party have claimed.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party announced at its headquarters that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi had won in Kawhmu, south of the commercial capital Yangon. "Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has won. The NLD candidate has taken the Kawhmu constituency," an NLD official announced.

Suu Kyi was contesting an election for the first time after her party's decision to end its boycott of a political system dominated by the military. The by-elections were held to fill 45 vacant legislative seats.

Myanmar's Election Commission has not verified the by-election results yet.

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European observer 'happy' with 'peaceful' voting in Burma

As voting continues in Burma, Ivo Belet, a member of the European parliament who is in the country to observe the election, says so far "everything is going peacefully."

We're happy to see that everything is going peacefully and we hope that the whole day can be run in a peaceful way.

We'll make an evaluation later of course on the basis of all the polling sessions that we will be seeing.

We will be working all day from this morning until tonight and also try to follow the counting of the votes.

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