New Delhi: India on Tuesday congratulated
pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for leading her National
League for Democracy (NLD) to a thumping victory in Myanmar
by-elections and said these polls represent a major milestone
in its transition towards multi-party democracy.
As a close and friendly neighbour, India remains
committed to extending all possible assistance and support to
the process of national reconciliation and the further
strengthening of democracy in Myanmar, Ministry of External
Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.
"We welcome the successful conduct of by-elections in
Myanmar on April 1, 2012. The results that have been
officially announced so far show that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has
led the National League of Democracy (NLD) to a landslide
"The NLD won all 40 of the seats declared so far out of
the 45 for which the bye elections are being held. We extend
our heartiest congratulations to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the
National League for Democracy. These elections represent a
major milestone in Myanmar’s transition towards multiparty
democracy," he said.
At the invitation of Myanmar government, India had sent
senior officials from the Election Commission and journalists
from the official media as observers for the bye-elections, he
said, adding India`s Ambassador to Myanmar also observed the
elections in the Yangon region.
India congratulate the Myanmar Election Commission, the
government and people of that country on the peaceful and
smooth manner in which elections appear to have been held.