By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
YANGON, MYANMAR (ANS – November 10, 2015) — Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has told the BBC she believes her party has won a parliamentary majority, in her first interview since the historic elections.
Early results point to a sweeping victory for her National League for Democracy (NLD), but final official results will not be known for days.
“The election was seen as the most democratic in Myanmar for 25 years,” said the BBC.
In an interview with the BBC’s Fergal Keane, Ms. Suu Kyi said the polls were not fair but “largely free.”
She said there had been “areas of intimidation.”
A quarter of Myanmar’s 664 parliamentary seats are set aside for the army, and for the NLD to have the winning majority it will need at least two-thirds of the contested seats.
But Ms. Suu Kyi told the BBC that her party has surpassed that, and has won around 75%.
The military-backed Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) has been in power in Myanmar since 2011 when the country began its transition from decades of military rule to a civilian government.
Fergal Keane, BBC News, Yangon, reports: Aung San Suu Kyi was brimming with confidence. This was a leader who strongly sensed her hour had come.
“The times have changed, the people have changed,” she said.
On the vexing question of the presidency from which she is constitutionally barred, she repeated she would make the big decisions while a colleague holds the post, joking: “A rose by another name.”
From the symbol of an embattled and then fragile democracy movement she has become the steely leader of a government in waiting.
Note: Aung San Suu Kyi, pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace laureate has come to symbolize the struggle of the Myanmar (Burma’s) people. Aung San Suu Kyi is a symbol of hope, courage and peaceful resistance in the face of persecution, to the people of Burma and the international community alike. She has fought tirelessly and passionately for over two decades for democracy and human rights and is the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma.
Photo captions: 1) Aung San Suu Kyi speaking to a large crowd after her return to the country. 2) National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters celebrate their victory in parliamentary elections outside party headquarters on April 1, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images). 3) A woman holds up her ink stained finger to show she has voted. (Credit: Reuters) 4) Dan Wooding recording his radio show.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). He has reported from Burma on two occasions and is also the author of some 45 books and has two US-based TV programs –- “Windows on the World” and “Inside Hollywood with Dan Wooding” — which are both broadcast on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv/) and a weekly radio show called “Front Page Radio” on the KWVE Radio Network (www.kwve.com).
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