RVISION November 16, 2015

Myanmar’s new parliament will see at least 20 Christian lawmakers take their seats with the National League for Democracy, after election authorities officially declared that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party had won enough seats to choose the country’s new leader.

The movement to challenge more than five decades of military rule in Myanmar received a significant boost Friday when results from the country’s first free elections in 25 years were released.

“I promise everybody who is living in this country proper protection in accordance with the law, and in accordance with the norms of human rights”, she said. If the full results confirm the trend, Ms Suu Kyi’s triumph will sweep out an old guard of former generals that has run Myanmar.

The election commission announced at noon local time that Ms. Suu Kyi’s party had won 348 seats in the 664-seat legislature, with a few dozen more results still expected from remote areas in coming hours and days.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman was circumspect after Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy secured a landslide election victory yesterday. Obama called Suu Kyi to offer congratulations and to commend her “for her tireless efforts and sacrifice over so many years to promote a more inclusive, peaceful and democratic Burma”.

She said last week she would be “above the president” if her party won the parliamentary election. The Nobel laureate’s opposition party attained a historic majority in Burma’s Parliament on Friday, making it possible for them to form the Southeast Asian country’s first truly civilian government in more than half a century.

While Burma’s people voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to remove the military-backed ruling party from power, it is clear that the army’s involvement in politics will not end, and the NLD will need to convince it to co-operate.

Discussions of policy played little part in the election – it was all about Suu Kyi, and like Poland’s Lech Walesa and South Africa’s Nelson Mandela before her, the public face of the rebellion will now be tested as leader of the nation.

Myanmar’s government has denied Rohingya Muslims citizenship, and hundreds died by Rakhine Buddhists in 2012, state sponsored violence.

Under the indirect electoral system, the upper house, lower house, and military bloc in parliament each put forward a presidential candidate.

Suu Kyi will be able to name the next president and form the new government. The big majority affords Suu Kyi, 70, leverage in the political wrangling ahead with a military establishment that has been chastened at the polls but retains sweeping powers.

It is going to take months to make the transition and to swear in a new government, find a president and appoint a cabinet, none of whom will have a hand in governance before in their lives.

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