Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won the country’s landmark election by an outright majority in Parliament, the election commission announced on Friday. Her National League for Democracy party has won 348 seats across the lower and upper house of parliament, 19 more than the 329 needed for an absolute majority. This ends half a century of military rule in the country. Months of political haggling will now begin as the nation is drastically reordered, reported The Guardian.
On Wednesday, the EC had announced that San Suu Kyi had won her parliamentary seat and the NLD had taken 90% of the seats declared until then. Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency due to a constitutional ban relating to her foreign spouse and children. However, she said last week that she will be "above the president", adding that the president will "have no authority" and "will act in accordance with the decisions of the party".
The ruling Union Solidarity Development party and the military have said they will accept defeat, ruling out a repeat of the 1990 election when Suu Kyi had won, but the results were promptly annulled and her party members imprisoned.