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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 10:42
Myanmar election: Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition NLD wins early seats
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Only a fraction of the results have been announced in Myanmar's historic parliamentary elections, but jubilant crowds still packed the streets outside the headquarters of the main opposition party Monday.

Myanmar's opposition National League for Democracy says it is confident of victory in the first openly contested national election in 25 years.

An NLD spokesman said it expected to win about 70% of seats. Party leader Aung San Suu Kyi said: "I think you all have the idea of the results."

Official results have been released for only 54 seats, with 48 won by the NLD.

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

The NLD says it has won 44 out of Yangon's 45 seats in the lower house, and 70% of seats nationally, but this has not been confirmed.

More than 6,000 candidates from more than 90 parties were vying for 498 seats in both houses of parliament.

Earlier, Ms Suu Kyi addressed a crowd at the NLD's headquarters in Yangon, urging them to be patient.

The new parliament will pick the country’s next president by March. That person can’t be Ms. Suu Kyi herself; she is barred by the military-drafted constitution from contesting the presidency because she has close relatives who are foreigners. She was married to a Briton and has two British sons. She has said that if her party wins a majority in government, she would pick someone amenable to her party and be “above the president,” calling all the shots.

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