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Nov 8, 2015 11:35 PM

The Latest: Suu Kyi hints at election victory in Myanmar

The Associated Press

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) The latest on landmark elections in Myanmar. All times local.


11 a.m.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has hinted at a victory for her party in historic elections, and is urging supporters not to provoke their rivals.

Her National League for Democracy party is expected to win Sunday's parliamentary elections, defeating the military-backed Union Solidarity Development Party.

In a speech Monday at the NLD headquarters, Suu Kyi said: "It is still a bit early to congratulate our candidates who will be the winners."

She said, "I want to remind you all that even candidates who didn't win have to accept the winners but it is important not to provoke the candidates who didn't win to make them feel bad."

She said the results won't be announced soon, "but I think you all have the idea of the results."


11 a.m.

The former head of Myanmar's ruling party has conceded defeat in his constituency in the country's election, becoming the first prominent casualty to Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party.

Shwe Mann announced his defeat in a Facebook post Monday morning, as the country awaited official results of the historic polls.

The post said: "Congratulations!" to his opponent from the opposition National League for Democracy party in their central Myanmar constituency. Shwe Mann said he went to his opponent's home to convey congratulations in person at 6:30 Monday morning.

Shwe Mann is speaker of the lower house of Parliament and former head of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party.

He was seen as a reformer in his party's ranks, and deposed as its chief by the majority, more-pro-military faction loyal to President Thein Sein.

His rejection by the voters, despite his reputation as a moderate, could suggest the depth of support for the opposition NLD.


Sunday 7:25 p.m.

A co-founder of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party has told a crowd outside the party's headquarters not to expect results from Myanmar's historic general election tonight, but that the outcome appears to be "very good."

Tin Oo thanked the thousands of people waiting outside the National League for Democracy's headquarters, where giant screens were erected to show vote counting after polls closed Sunday.

He told them: "We won't be able to announce the result yet. All I can say is that the NLD is in a very good position."

He said that the 70-year-old Suu Kyi would not come out to speak to the crowd Sunday night and asked supporters to return Monday morning.

Initially, the NLD had said it expected to announce its provisional tally of ballots late Sunday or early Monday. But Tin Oo said announcements would wait until counting was completed.

The Election Commission has not said when final, official results are expected.


5:30 p.m.

Crowds are gathering outside the headquarters of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party in Yangon after polls closed in Myanmar's historic election.

Thousands of people clogged the road late Sunday afternoon and cheered in support of the National League for Democracy, which is expected to win a big victory.

Big screens were erected outside the party headquarters broadcasting TV images of vote counting. Cheers erupted after every vote announced for the NLD.

The opposition party is expected to announce unofficial results late Sunday or early Monday, based on tallies from its massive team of election observers throughout the country.

One woman, 49-year-old Aye Mhu, was among the crowd in front of the NLD's office. She described her state of mind as excited, ecstatic and happy as she watched the votes being tallied on giant screens.

She said: "I've never been this happy in my life. This is the happiest day of my life."


4:30 p.m.

Polls have closed on schedule in Myanmar's historic general election.

Officials shut the doors of by-now empty polling booths at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Most people had cast their votes in the morning, well before a heavy downpour beat down in Yangon an hour before voting ended.

The election is seen as the first real chance for democracy to take root in Myanmar. It is expected to be won by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy party.


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