Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has requested meetings with
the military-backed leadership next week to discuss national
Her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has taken a decisive
lead in results from Sunday’s election.With about 40% of seats declared,
the NLD has taken nearly 90% of the vote.
A presidential spokesman congratulated the NLD on its success, but said
a meeting could only take place after the final results were announced.
In comments to the BBC, presidential spokesman U Ye Htut said President
Thein Sein wanted to congratulate the NLD, and denied there was any
attempt to delay the declaration of
Myanmar’s historic election
The ruling military-backed Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) -
which won the last, widely criticised election five years ago - is on
some 5%, but a quarter of seats are reserved for the military.
The result is a humiliation for the governing party, says the BBC’s
Jonathan Head in Yangon, also known as Rangoon.It is likely to leave the
NLD in a commanding position in the next parliament, opposed only by the
military faction, he says.
"A peaceful implementation of the people’s desire, which they expressed
via the 8 November election, is very important for the country’s dignity
and people’s peace of mind," she wrote in letters made public by the NLD,
according to the Irrawaddy news website.Ms Suu Kyi earlier retained her
own seat and will return as MP for her Kawhmu constituency in Rangoon -
though she leads the NLD she is barred by the constitution from being
president.But she has said "that won’t stop me from making all the
A quarter of the 664 parliamentary seats are set aside for the army. For
the NLD to have the winning majority and be able to select the
president, it will need at least two-thirds of the remaining seats - or