Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi's party wins absolute majority in elections

Burma's National League for Democracy, led by democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi, has won an absolute majority in the country's parliament, the election commission has said.

Suu Kyi, who is banned by law from the country's presidency, has said she would take a position "above" the president should her party win a majority.

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Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party has won 49 of the first 54 lower house seats so far.

That was something to celebrate in one of the country's biggest cities Yangon, as well as across the nation.

The day started very differently with people in the city strangely subdued as many heeded official advice and stayed at home.


Burma opposition win 56 of 57 seats in Yangon

Burma's opposition party says it won 56 of the 57 parliamentary seats from the country's biggest city Yangon.

Supporters celebrate as they watch the results in Yangon. Credit: Reuters

The result suggests a massive victory in historic elections for the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

We will win a landslide.

– Party spokesman Nyan Win

The party announced that it had won 44 of the 45 lower house seats and all 12 of the upper house seats in the country's largest city.

Huge cheers broke out among the crowd of red-shirted supporters outside the party headquarters as the results were announced.

Burma begins to celebrate as election results come in

Rain did not stop NLD supporters smiling as they waited for the final results. Credit: Reuters

The people of Burma have begun to celebrate as the results in the country's freest elections for 25 years started to come in.

Voters dance in the street as early election results are announced. Credit: Reuters

Initial votes show Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party is set for a landslide victory.

People clap and wave flags outside the NLD headquarters. Credit: Reuters

But even if she wins, she is constitutionally barred from becoming president.

This is because anyone whose spouse or sons are overseas citizens cannot lead the country. Suu Kyi's late husband and her two sons are British.


Thousands gather in Burma after landmark election

A young boy holds a bust of Aung San Suu Kyi. Credit: Reuters

Thousands of supporters of Burmese political icon have turned out in the streets after the country's freest election in 25 years.

Excited crowds gathered outside the headquarters of Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) as the first results of the ballot were read out.

Newspaper front pages show Ms Suu Kyi during polling day. Credit: Reuters

A clear picture of the result is unlikely to be established until Tuesday morning, but the NLD is expected to win the largest share of the vote.

Laws passed previously block Ms Suu Kyi from becoming president, though she has indicated she will stand in a role "above president" should her party win a majority.

Supporters cheer excitedly as early results are read out. Credit: Reuters

The US described the election as "far from perfect", with the military, which has held power since 2011, is guaranteed at least a quarter of the vote

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