The Latest: Opposition: Myanmar leader congratulates Suu Kyi

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Posted: Nov 11, 2015 4:06 AM
The Latest: Opposition: Myanmar leader congratulates Suu Kyi

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

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3:30 p.m.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party says Myanmar's president has sent a message promising to "pursue a peaceful transfer" of power following its expected victory in parliamentary elections.

The National League for Democracy says in a statement that it received a message from Information Minister Ye Htut on behalf of President Thein Sein.

In it, the president is quoted as saying: "In accordance with the Union Election Commission's election results announcement, I would like to congratulate you, the NLD, for leading the race for parliamentary seats."

Ye Htut is not immediately available to confirm the report. Calls to his phone went unanswered.

The message also says that the government will pursue a peaceful transfer of power "in accordance with the legislated timeline."

Ye Htut said earlier Wednesday that the government agreed to Suu Kyi's proposal for a meeting to discuss national reconciliation. He said it would take place after the Election Commission has completed its duties.

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2 p.m.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has praised Myanmar's landmark elections as an important step toward democracy and "a triumph for Burmese people, who have clearly voiced their desire for change."

Myanmar, a former British colony, was previously known as Burma.

The British Embassy on Wednesday issued a statement with Cameron's response to the election, as results continued to indicate a massive victory by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Cameron said the sight of thousands lined up to vote during Sunday's election, some for the first time in their lives, was "a moving moment demonstrating the remarkable progress Burma has made in recent years."

He welcomed the comments of independent election observers that the election was "a generally well-run polling process" and called on all parties to work together for a peaceful and orderly transition as the new government is formed.

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1 p.m.

Myanmar's information minister says President Thein Sein and the military will respect the results of the "free and fair elections."

In response to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's request for a meeting on the formation of a new government, Information Minister Ye Htut said on his Facebook page Wednesday that "in the post-election period, the country's leaders will discuss maintaining peace and stability of the country."

He says the government has told Suu Kyi that the meeting she requested will only take place after all the work from the Union Election Commission has been done.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party is headed for a massive win that will give the country a government not beholden to the military for the first time in more than a half-century.

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11:50 a.m.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has requested meetings with Myanmar's military chief, the president and the chairman of parliament next week, apparently to discuss the formation of the new government following her party's massive electoral victory.

In similar letters to the three officials sent Wednesday, Suu Kyi said it is "very crucial that the government implements, for the pride of the country and the peaceful desire of people," the results of the Nov. 8 elections.

She says "based on the national reconciliation, we would want to meet" and have discussions next week.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party is expected to win a massive victory in the parliamentary elections that will for the first time in more than a half century give the country a government not controlled or influenced by the military.

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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.

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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."