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International praise for peaceful vote

The international community has heralded the historic elections in Burma as a victory for the people.

With the Union Election Commission periodically releasing results on Monday and Tuesday, the NLD party led by Aung San Suu Kyi looks set to win in a landslide.

The White House sent their congratulations on Monday in a press conference led by spokesperson John Earnest.

“The United States congratulates the people of Burma on the election, and commends all the people and institutions in the country that worked together to hold a peaceful and historic election,” Earnest said.

“Despite some structural and systematic flaws, we believe that Sunday’s vote represents an important step in Burma’s democratic reform process.”

“The US embassy team was impressed by the enthusiasm of the people of Burma, which was indicated by the long lines, apparent high voter turnout, and the diversity of voices coming to the polls,” he added.

It is not yet known whether US policy will change towards Burma as a result of the election.

There is “no denying the rather dramatic change that we’ve seen inside of Burma and the United States has played an important role in trying to nurture that change and give the Burmese people more of a voice in the governing of their country,” Earnest explained.

“And the Burmese people can continue to count on the United States being a partner and strongly supporting their efforts to realise the kind of government that they’d like to have for their country,” he finished.

The United Nations commended voters and polling officials for the relatively peaceful election on Tuesday.

In a press conference on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN also cautioned people to wait for the final results to be announced.


“The Secretary-General … wishes to congratulate the people of Myanmar for their patience, dignity and enthusiasm as they participated in Sunday’s historic polls. He commends the Union Election Commission as well as its various state, regional and local institutions for their important work … The Secretary-General notes that the results have started to come in. He encourages all stakeholders in Myanmar to maintain the dignified spirit, calm and respect throughout the completion of the electoral process.”

The NLD has estimated it will win 70 percent of the seats being contested in parliament.

Such an estimate has not been independently verified with more results still to be announced.


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