First Myanmar results indicate opposition sweep

2015-11-09 13:34
Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi celebrate as they hear the first official results of the elections on a giant screen outside the National League of Democracy headquarters in Yangon. (Nicolas Asfouri, AFP)

Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi celebrate as they hear the first official results of the elections on a giant screen outside the National League of Democracy headquarters in Yangon. (Nicolas Asfouri, AFP)

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Yangon - Myanmar's Election Commission says Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party has won 12 lower house seats from the main city of Yangon, as it announced the first official results of the country's historic election.

The announcement on Monday elicited raucous cheers outside the opposition party's headquarters in Yangon, where crowds had gathered in expectation of a landslide win for the National League for Democracy.

The 12 seats were among 45 representing townships in Yangon.

The Election Commission is expected to announce more results from Sunday's election later on Monday.

Crowds sang songs dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi, as hundreds waited outside her opposition party headquarters for confirmation of her historic election victory.

Lyrics to the song, called "The Strong Peacock", in reference to the party's symbol, became popular with supporters nationwide during the campaign period.

On Monday, many sang in unison as big screens erected outside the party's Yangon office showed pictures and videos of the 70-year-old Nobel laureate and former political prisoner.

They sang: "She is the people's leader that the whole world knows... Write your own history in your hearts for our future, so the dictatorship will end. Go, go, go [away] dictatorship."

Suu Kyi spoke to the crowd earlier on Monday, hinting at a victory and a spokesperson said the party had won about 70% of votes so far.

The government was expected to start announcing final results on Monday evening.

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