Obama congratulates Myanmar's president for election as count goes on


Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is just 38 seats away from claiming a parliamentary majority in Myanmar’s historic election as more results are gradually released by the country’s election commission.

The spokesman for Myanmar’s president said on Thursday that US president Barack Obama has called to congratulate Thein Sein for holding “free and fair” elections. The White House has not yet confirmed the details of the call.

By noon on Thursday in the capital of Naypyidaw, the electoral commission had announced two more batches of seats for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, taking it to only 38 seats shy of a majority, for which it needs 329 seats across both lower and upper houses of parliament.

The NLD now has more than 50% of elected seats in both houses of parliament. However, it needs to secure 67% for a working majority, as 25% of seats were ringfenced for the military.

In the latest standings, NLD now have 291 seats across both houses and USDP have 33. With several more announcements planned for the day, it is possible the NLD will claim victory on Thursday.

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