Myanmar's Suu Kyi set for sweeping power as election wins mount

November 10th, 2015  
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Topic: Myanmar's Suu Kyi set for sweeping power as election wins mount

By Aung Hla Tun and Aubrey Belford YANGON/MANDALAY, Myanmar (Reuters) - Fresh results from Myanmar's election on Tuesday showed the opposition taking control of most regional assemblies as well as forming the next government, handing democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi sweeping powers and reshaping the political landscape. The ruling party, which was created by the country's former junta and is led by retired military officers, on Monday conceded defeat in an election that was a major milestone on Myanmar's rocky path from dictatorship to democracy. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) said its own tally of results posted at polling stations around the country showed it was on track to take more than two-thirds of seats in the lower house of parliament, enough to form Myanmar's first democratically elected government since the early 1960s.


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