Monday 19 August 2019

Suu Kyi predicts she will win 75pc of seats in election

Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi

Emile Laurac

Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has predicted that, when all the votes from Sunday's election are counted, her party will have won enough parliamentary seats to form a government.

Ms Suu Kyi said in an interview with the BBC that, with results coming in steadily, her party will probably take around 75pc of the seats being contested for the combined houses of parliament.

It needs to win two-thirds of the contested seats to get a majority because the military holds an automatic 25pc share and would not support her National League for Democracy.

Ms Suu Kyi is barred from becoming president by a provision of the constitution which was passed during military rule.

She noted in the interview that the military had repeatedly said it would honour the election results.

She said: "The times are different, the people are different ... very much more alert to what is going on around them."

When the National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in a 1990 general election, the army nullified the results and did not hold fresh polls until 2010.

Earlier, Ms Suu Kyi's party accused the government election panel of intentionally delaying results, saying it may be trying "to play a trick".

"The Union Election Commission has been delaying intentionally because maybe they want to play a trick or something," NLD spokesman Win Htien told reporters at Ms Suu Kyi's house after a party meeting.

"It doesn't make sense that they are releasing the results piece by piece. It shouldn't be like that."

"They are trying to be crooked," he added.

The surprising accusation added a worrying twist to what had been an amicable election, with the ruling party appearing to be taking its expected loss gracefully after the Sunday vote.

Ms Suu Kyi did not repeat the claim in the BBC interview, only noting that the military-backed government has promised to respect the will of the people.

Irish Independent

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