Suu Kyi's Party Grabbed 43 of 45 Seats

'We hope this will be the beginning of a new era,' she says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2012 8:37 AM CDT
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses her supporters and the media from the headquarters of her National League for Democracy Monday, April 2, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Aung San Suu Kyi didn't just win a seat in yesterday's historic election in Burma; her National League for Democracy party won 43 of the 45 parliamentary seats that were up for grabs, the Guardian reports. "We hope this will be the beginning of a new era," the oft-imprisoned Nobel laureate told a crowd of thousands at NLD headquarters today. "What is important is not how many seats we may have won, but that … the people participated in the democratic process."

But despite the NLD's victory, Suu Kyi says the party will be filing complaints about the "rampant irregularities" that allegedly took place in yesterday's election. And there's a chance the country's military leaders won't take the results lying down. "This is a very scary moment for the current ruling hardliners—this is not the way they wanted to see things go," said exiled opposition leader Nyo Myint. "Maybe at this point they will challenge the election results."

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