Aang San Suu Kyi’s National League For Democracy (NLD) are poised to win Myanmar’s first openly contested elections in 25 years.
Initial results from the parliamentary election show that the military backed ruling party Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) have lost key areas and the party surprisingly conceded the initial election results. Although San Suu Kyi’s party looks set to win a landslide, she will not be allowed to be named President as constitutional clause states limits people who have children as foreign nationals from being President.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner won the election in 1990 but was placed under house arrest by the military as they refused to concede the election. ¨
Whatever the eventual outcome of the election, the constitution also mandates that 25% of the seats in the parliaments should be reserved for members of the army.