Yangon, November 13
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling party said on Friday it would seek to form a government of national unity after official election results showed it had comfortably won enough parliamentary seats to form the next administration.
The latest batch of results from Sunday’s vote confirmed Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) had secured the 322 seats in the bicameral legislature needed to form a government. The NLD has taken 368 seats of the 434 seats that have been declared, with results from 42 more yet to be announced.
NLD spokesman Monywa Aung Shin said the “landslide” win showed that the people still had faith in Suu Kyi’s leadership. “However, we have to work on forming a national unity government,” said Monywa Aung Shin, noting how the NLD had invited 39 ethnic minority parties to work with it.
Myanmar has seen insurgencies by various autonomy-seeking guerrilla forces since shortly after its independence from Britain in 1948, and Suu Kyi’s government has been trying to conclude peace efforts though progress has been patchy and violence has flared in some areas.
The main opposition party, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), raised objections and demanded a new vote as soon as possible “in order to have an election that is free, fair, unbiased and free from unfair campaigning”. International and domestic observers said the vote went smoothly and without major irregularities. The election commission on Wednesday said any allegations of irregularities were from a minority of participants. The NLD has also demanded proof of wrongdoing, while the military, in an earlier statement, said the election had been carried out successfully.
While the election appeared to go mostly smoothly, more than a million people were unable to vote after polls were cancelled due to insurgencies.— Reuters