Suu Kyi’s Party Claims Victory in Burma
Posted on Apr 2, 2012
She’s attracted international attention to her cause, and now she’s bringing change to her native Burma, as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi led her political party, the National League for Democracy, to claim 40 of 45 parliamentary seats up for the vote in last weekend’s by-elections. —KA
Ms Suu Kyi said she hoped the polls marked the start of a new era in Burma.
But the parliament remains dominated by the military and its allies, who hold the vast majority of the 664 seats.
As the results started to come in from Sunday’s poll, Ms Suu Kyi called the vote a “triumph of the people” and said the goal now was reconciliation with other parties.
The United States said the vote was an important step in Burma’s “democratic transition”.
NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to supporters after her party swept parliamentary by-elections.