Yangon: Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi`s
party won almost all the seats it contested in Myanmar
elections, becoming the main opposition force in the national
parliament, official results showed Tuesday.
The veteran dissident`s National League for Democracy
stormed to victory in 43 of the 44 constituencies where it
fielded candidates in Sunday`s polls, according to an election
commission announcement on state television.
The landslide win in the by-elections gave Suu Kyi her
first-ever seat in parliament, although it will not threaten
the comfortable majority of the military-backed Union
Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
The Nobel laureate said in her victory speech on
Monday that she hoped the vote would mark a "new era" for the
nation after decades of repressive junta rule, but appealed
for political unity and urged her supporters not to gloat.
The NLD won 37 seats in the 440-seat lower house,
along with four in the upper house and two in the regional
chambers, the results showed.
One quarter of the seats are reserved for unelected
The NLD lost one seat in eastern Shan state to the
Shan Nationalities Democratic Party, which has strong support
among ethnic minorities.
The USDP took just one seat, in a constituency in
northwest Sagaing where the NLD candidate was disqualified
Suu Kyi`s election to political office marks the
latest sweeping change in the country formerly known as Burma
after decades of outright military rule ended last year.
Myanmar`s quasi-civilian government has surprised even
its critics over the past year with a string of reforms such
as releasing hundreds of political prisoners and welcoming the
opposition back into mainstream politics.