Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition NLD wins early seats
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 8:52
Only a fraction of the results have been announced in Myanmar's historic parliamentary elections, but jubilant crowds still packed the streets outside the headquarters of the main opposition party Monday.
"This is no longer just in our dreams," one man shouted.
A spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy projected that the party had won 80% of the vote nationwide, based on its unofficial data collated from polling stations across the country.
And the leader of the military-backed ruling party effectively conceded defeat when he said his party had lost more seats than it had won.
"We won in some regions, states and divisions, but also lost in some others," Htay Oo, the Union Solidarity and Development Party's acting chairman, told local TV station DVB. "We have (a) higher percentage of losses than wins." He himself had failed to win his seat, he said.
In early results from Sunday's vote -- billed as the country's freest in a generation -- the National League for Democracy had won at least 49 of 54 seats declared so far in the lower house of parliament, according to media reports. Hundreds more results, including many from remote areas with poor infrastructure, need to be announced before the full picture becomes clear.
The ruling party of President Thein Sein -- a former general who has overseen a series of political reforms in recent years -- had won only three of the seats declared so far, the Times said, citing elections officials. Myanmar votes in landmark election
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NLD supporters gathered amid jubilant scenes outside the party's Yangon headquarters Monday night, in anticipation of a historic, landslide victory in Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.
Music played as they waved flags bearing the NLD's golden peacock emblem; many wore T-shirts emblazoned with pictures of Suu Kyi.
"We believe we can win," Ayea Nyeian Thu, a doctor, told CNN at the rally. "We don't want to see a military government any longer."