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Suu Kyi’s victory and women’s empowerment in Myanmar

  • Fitri Bintang Timur

Singapore   /   Wed, April 11 2012   /  11:14 am

Myanmar’s Election Commission announced last week the landslide victory of the opposition National League of Democracy (NLD) party, winning 43 out of 44 parliamentary seats (97 percent) in the by-elections of April 1.

After the television announced the triumph, rapturous crowds thronged the streets yelling Aung San Suu Kyi’s name.

The victory will not result in more power for the NLD but it was taken seriously by supporters of Suu Kyi because it finally gave her a seat representing the Irrawaddy Delta area in Kamwoo, south of Rangoon.

The NLD secured only around 7 percent of the total votes in Myanmar’s bicameral House of Representatives. Nonetheless, like the crowd, the international community has also welcomed the result.

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