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  • Myanmar's National League for Democracy Party leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to media in Yangon Nov. 5, 2015.

    Myanmar's National League for Democracy Party leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to media in Yangon Nov. 5, 2015. | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 November 2015

Last Sunday’s elections have been widely considered to be the most democratic in 25 years, giving opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party sweeping powers.

Electoral authorities in Myanmar announced on Friday that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy secured a majority in the nation's parliament.

With the votes still being counted, the NLD, the opposition party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, had won 80 percent of the seats, more than the two-thirds it needs to control the parliament and select the president.

The results give the opposition force 348 seats, crossing the 329 necessary for a majority in the 664-member, two-house parliament.

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Last Sunday’s elections have been widely considered to be the most democratic in 25 years, and Suu Kyi’s party now has sweeping powers, allowing her to influence and reshape the political landscape of the country after decades of military rule.

However, the 70-year-old politician cannot be president of her country due to a clause in the military-drafted constitution that bars anyone with foreign spouses or offspring from assuming the post. The laureate’s late husband was a British national, as are their two sons.

Suu Kyi has said she will become the country's de facto leader, acting "above the president," but military rulers from the Union Solidarity Development Party have 25 percent of parliamentary seats and will also play a decisive role in the country's next government.

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