11/13/2020, 10.30
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nld win the majority in elections

Official figures released today already assign 346 seats (out of a total of 416) to the ruling party. For the Usdp, an emanation of the military, only 25 seats. A further 64 remain to be assigned. NLD spokesperson: the electorate gives them the mandate to govern "on their own". Congratulations from the leaders of Japan and India.

 

Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won an absolute majority in the general elections held on 8 November last in Myanmar, confirming the initial predictions that announced a "landslide victory".

The official results released today by the Electoral Commission confirm the victory in a round contested by the Union Solidarity and Development Party (Usdp), aligned with the military, and by international activist groups for the non-vote of ethnic minorities in some areas (Rakhine and Chin).

The NLD obtained 346 seats, well over half of the Parliament's total, also considering the 25% reserved by the Constitution for the military. The counting has not yet finished, but should ultimately guarantee an even greater success than the results of 2015, the first vote after decades of military dictatorship, thus offering a second chance to the Nobel Laureate to continue on the country's path of democratic reform.

Meanwhile, the counting of votes continues, with at least 64 seats out of the total of 416 that still have to be assigned. Myo Nyunt, spokesperson for Suu Kyi's, points out that "people understood that the NLD needed a sufficient number of votes to form a government of their own". In this way, he adds, “political conflicts will be minimized”.

The defeat of the USDP linked to the military, which has so far obtained only 25 seats, appears clear throughout the country. Nonetheless, the role of the military remains central because, according to the Constitution, three key ministries - Interior, Defence and Borders - remain in the hands of the generals. As Yangon-based political analyst Khin Zaw Win points out, the next few months will be "chaotic".

In any case, the "overwhelming" victory of the NLD remains, as Richard Horsey of International Crisis Group points out, which no appeal or accusation of irregularities "can question", although some fundamental perplexities remain such as the non-vote for some ethnic minorities.

Opinion confirmed by local and international observers, who confirmed that the voting operations were carried out regularly and without major hitches, in spite of internal disputes and fears for the new coronavirus pandemic that has begun to spread also in Myanmar.

Among the international leaders, congratulations on the victory and the wish for fruitful collaboration have already arrived from the leaders of Japan and India. In a letter addressed to Aung San Suu Kyi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked to strengthen "the traditional bonds of friendship".

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