In her first media interview since the general election, National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi has confidently predicted her party will win a convincing majority in parliament.
“Well, the results have been coming in steadily, and we’ll probably get around 75 percent in the union legislature,” she told BBC correspondent Fergal Keane, emphasising that this figure would easily surpass the 67 percent required to form their own government.
Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) currently has 78 Lower House seats, out of 88 constituencies officially declared. The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, or USDP, has only won five Lower House seats to date.
No Upper House constituencies have yet been called by the Union Election Commission.
The Burmese bicameral parliament consists 664 members: an Upper House of 224 seats, and a Lower House comprising 440 seats, seven of which were not contested in this election due to security concerns.
The NLD looks well on course to win more than the 332 seats it would require for an indisputable majority.
Asked by the BBC whether the military generals will allow her to assume power, Suu Kyi responded: “Well, they have said repeatedly that they will respect the will of the people and they will implement the results of the election.”
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