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Suu Kyi’s party wins historic majority in Myanmar polls

Myanmar opposition party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has won a majority in Myanmar’s historic polls, Election Commission has said.

With the votes still being counted, the electoral body said on Friday that Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party has crossed the 329 threshold it needed for a majority in the 664-member, two-house parliament.

NLD was awarded 21 further lower house seats by the Union Election Commission, taking its overall parliamentary tally to 348 seats, AFP news agency reported.

A party with a combined parliamentary majority is able to select the next president, who can then name a Cabinet and form a new government.

The tally from November 8 vote was still being counted and final results were not expected for several days.

The NLD’s landslide victory means they can nominate candidates for the top post of president, even though Suu Kyi is barred from holding the post.

Source: AFP and Al Jazeera