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Nov 11, 2015 12:30 AM

The Latest: Suu Kyi seeks meetings with president, military

The Associated Press

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


11:50 a.m.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has requested meetings with Myanmar's military chief, the president and the chairman of parliament next week, apparently to discuss the formation of the new government following her party's massive electoral victory.

In similar letters to the three officials sent Wednesday, Suu Kyi said it is "very crucial that the government implements, for the pride of the country and the peaceful desire of people," the results of the Nov. 8 elections.

She says "based on the national reconciliation, we would want to meet" and have discussions next week.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party is expected to win a massive victory in the parliamentary elections that will for the first time in more than a half century give the country a government not controlled or influenced by the military.


10:15 a.m.

Myanmar's election commission has announced that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won her seat in this weekend's parliamentary elections.

The commission announced 61 more results for Parliament's lower house on Wednesday, which included Suu Kyi's name as the winning representative from the Kawhmu constituency, which is part of Yangon state.

It says she won 54,676 votes, without giving details for the losing ruling party candidate, or how many eligible voters there were.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party is expected to score an overwhelming victory in the elections to choose a new Parliament.


8:30 a.m.

The co-founder of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party says he believes she will still become Myanmar's president despite the constitutional bar.

Tin Oo who founded the National League for Democracy, told the U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia in an interview "I do (believe she will become president). That's why I am helping and working for her."

He did not elaborate. The 2008 constitution was amended by the military-backed government specifically to prevent Suu Kyi from taking the executive post. It says no person with a foreign spouse or children can become president. Her late husband and two sons are British.

He said Suu Kyi "will start working for reconciliation first. She also cares about rules and laws and we still need to amend the 2008 constitution."


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