Burma’s President Thein Sein has congratulated the National League for Democracy (NLD) for establishing a lead in the election race – a clear signal that the ruling party has not yet conceded defeat.
NLD chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday sent letters to the president, his commander-in-chief, and parliamentary house speaker calling for a meeting to discuss a transition of government, following her widely perceived landslide victory in Sunday’s polls.
As of the latest release of election results, Suu Kyi’s party has won 211 of 230 Upper and Lower House seats declared. However, despite international media reports to the contrary, the incumbent Union Solidarity and development party has not yet conceded defeat, though its senior members openly admit they have been trounced at the polls.
In response to Suu Kyi’s letter, Information Minister Ye Htut responded on behalf of the president:
- Thank you for your cooperation in the process of holding a general elections on 8 November in a spirit of peace and stability;
- I congratulate the National League for Democracy for taking a leading position so far, according to the results released by the Union Election Commission (UEC);
- The government will respect the decision made by the voting public, and will implement a transfer of power in peace and stability according to a set timeframe;
- The meeting requested by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be implemented by communicating with both sides after the duties of the election commission [have been completed];
- Cooperation must be established for a peaceful and stable transitional period after these elections.
Meanwhile, the UEC has announced that a period will be allowed for political parties to dispute the legitimacy of poll results starting today.
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