Nobel Peace Laureate’s Landmark Victory

April 2, 2012 by staff 

Nobel Peace Laureate’s Landmark Victory, Myanmar’s opposition claimed a historic victory on Sunday for pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her first bid for a seat in parliament, sparking scenes of jubilation among supporters.

Thousands of people clapped and cheered outside Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon after the party announced the Nobel Peace Prize laureate had won a parliamentary seat after by-elections.

Some people danced in the street while others wept with joy at the news, which if confirmed would mark a stunning turnaround for the former political prisoner, who was locked up by the former junta for most of the past 22 years. “We have been waiting for this day for a long time. I’m so happy,” said NLD supporter Kalyar, who goes by one name.

Suu Kyi won an estimated 99 per cent of the votes in Kawhmu constituency, according to NLD official Soe Win, based on the party’s own tally. There was no independent confirmation and official results were expected within a week. The party also claimed it was on course to win all 44 seats it contested in Sunday’s by-elections, in which a total of 45 seats were at stake — not enough to threaten the army-backed ruling party’s huge majority in parliament.

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