Nobel laureate Suu Kyi’s party wins historic Myanmar election
Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat in the country's elections on Monday, with results indicating that the opposition National League of Democracy, headed by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is likely to win a majority of seats in the Southeast Asian country's parliament.
The elections are considered the freest ever in Myanmar, formerly called Burma. The ruling party, which includes many former members of the country's military junta, won the previous elections in 2010 by default due to a boycott by the NLD. Previously, the opposition party won a resounding victory in the country's 1990 elections but the junta nullified the results.
Suu Kyi, a world-famous democracy icon and daughter of the country's founding leader, was held under house arrest for 15 years by the junta.
Despite the apparent landslide victory, Suu Kyi, whose two sons are British, cannot become president as Myanmar's constitution bars anyone with foreign children from the position. However, she said previously that she would be "above the president" if the NLD wins.
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