Myanmar's Suu Kyi wins seat, demands military meeting


Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi re-elected on Wednesday as her NLD party continues to dominate the ballot box.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was officially re-elected to her seat in the lower house of parliament on Wednesday as her National League for Democracy party continued to steam towards victory in the country's historic elections.

Suu Kyi called on leading members of military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) to meet and discuss what she said would be a decisive win for her opposition party.

The Union Election Commission (UEC) said on Wednesday the Nobel peace laureate had won her seat, and that the NLD had now captured 135 lower house seats in the national parliament out of the 151 officially declared. The opposition has also taken 29 out of 33 seats announced in the upper house.

With the NLD saying it expects to win about 80 percent of the seats up for grabs, Suu Kyi called on President Thein Sein, Shwe Mann, the speaker of the house, and General Min Aung Hlaing to meet with her to discuss the outcome of the elections.

"It is important to implement the people's will in a peaceful manner for the sake of the country," she wrote in letters addressed to the three men.

A spokesman for the USDP said on Wednesday that Myanmar's president and the military would respect the results of Sunday's vote, but added he would meet Suu Kyi only after those are announced by the election commission.

The military government handed power to a semi-civilian government in 2011, but the army still dominates politics after decades in power. Twenty-five percent of seats in the parliament are reserved for the army.

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