Aung San Suu Kyi’s party wins majority in Election

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party has secured enough seats in parliament to form the next government, according to the latest election results.

The NLD has so far won 346 seats, more than the 322 seats needed to form the next government.

It comes days after the party led by Aung San Suu Kyi claimed victory based on early results.

But the military-backed opposition has demanded a re-run of the election.

NLD spokesperson Monywa Aung Shin said its “landslide” victory showed the people’s support for the party, but added that it would have to “work on forming a national unity government”, reported news agency Reuters.

The party has announced that it would be inviting ethnic minority parties to work with it, an offer it did not make when it won the last election in 2015.

India, Japan and Singapore had earlier congratulated the NLD on their win.

This year’s election has been seen as a gauge of support for the NLD and Ms Suu Kyi following the Rohingya crisis.

The NLD remains popular at home but has been heavily criticised worldwide after Ms Suu Kyi’s response to the crisis.

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