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Monday, 09 November 2015 - 10:45
Myanmar awaits results of landmark election
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People in Myanmar are awaiting the results of the first openly contested national election in 25 years.

Votes are still being counted, and officials say preliminary results are now not expected until later on Monday.

But Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) is widely expected to make sweeping gains, ending decades of military control.

The military-backed Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) has been in power since 2011.

In one of the earliest and most significant known results, the ruling party's Shwe Mann, who is speaker of the lower house of parliament, conceded defeat in his constituency to the NLD candidate.

Tens of thousands of officials and volunteers have been counting the votes, first in each of the 50,000 polling stations, then tallying them in constituency offices of the Election Commission.

The results will not be known for at least a few days, and the president will only be chosen in February or possibly later.

International observers say the voting process was generally smooth, with some isolated irregularities.

And hundreds of thousands of people - including minority Rohingya Muslims - were also denied voting rights, raising concerns about the fairness of the poll.



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