The Latest: Aung San Suu Kyi wins seat in Myanmar vote

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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 10:51 PM
The Latest: Aung San Suu Kyi wins seat in Myanmar vote

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The latest on landmark elections in Myanmar. (All times local.)


10:15 a.m.

Myanmar's election commission has announced that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won her seat in this weekend's parliamentary elections.

The commission announced 61 more results for Parliament's lower house on Wednesday, which included Suu Kyi's name as the winning representative from the Kawhmu constituency, which is part of Yangon state.

It says she won 54,676 votes, without giving details for the losing ruling party candidate, or how many eligible voters there were.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party is expected to score an overwhelming victory in the elections to choose a new Parliament.


8:30 a.m.

The co-founder of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party says he believes she will still become Myanmar's president despite the constitutional bar.

Tin Oo who founded the National League for Democracy, told the U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia in an interview "I do (believe she will become president). That's why I am helping and working for her."

He did not elaborate. The 2008 constitution was amended by the military-backed government specifically to prevent Suu Kyi from taking the executive post. It says no person with a foreign spouse or children can become president. Her late husband and two sons are British.

He said Suu Kyi "will start working for reconciliation first. She also cares about rules and laws and we still need to amend the 2008 constitution."