Aung San Suu Kyi elected to Burmese parliament
It's a new day for Myanmar: Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has won a by-election for parliament, according to her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). The NLD was involved in elections for the first time since 1990.
Although the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) remains powerful in Burmese politics, Suu Kyi's seat in parliament is being viewed as monumental step toward democracy. The 66-year-old pro-democracy leader spent 15 years under house arrest as part of punishment for opposing the country's military regime.
During the election campaign, foreign journalists and international observers were given access to ensure that the election results were legitimate.
“It is natural that the NLD members and their supporters are joyous at this point,” Suu Kyi said in a statement.
“However, it is necessary to avoid manners and actions that will make the other parties and members upset. It is very important that NLD members take special care that the success of the people is a dignified one.”