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Myanmar Opposition Has Big Lead, Is Irked by Slow Vote Results

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YANGON, MYANMAR:(APS)Nov 10,2015—Myanmar’s National League for Democracy accused the Union Election Commission Tuesday of intentionally delaying the release of parliamentary election results, which so far have shown the opposition party with a vast lead over the military-backed ruling Union Solidarity Development Party.

“It doesn’t make sense that they are releasing the results piece by piece. It shouldn’t be like that,” NLD spokesman Win Tien said after party leaders met at the home of Aung San Suu Kyi. “They are trying to be crooked.”

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More than 30 million people cast votes in Sunday’s election, the first nationally competitive elections in a quarter-century after decades of military rule in Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma.

Official results released by the Union Election Commission show the opposition NLD so far has won 107 seats in the lower house of parliament, while the military-backed ruling USDP has won just seven.

The NLD has already claimed a landslide victory. In an interview with the BBC Tuesday, Aung San Suu Kyi said her party has won about 75 percent of all contested seats.

Myanmar political experts said the NLD needs to capture at least two-thirds of the parliamentary seats to overcome the military’s veto in the bicameral legislature, known as the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, which selects the president.

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