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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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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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