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 November 15, 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar Election, Burma

Latest results: the party led by Aung San Suu Kyi has already won 387 seats in the Myanmar Parliament, enough for them to elect the next President.

Myanmar election results 2015

In the current, historic election the people of Myanmar have gone to the polls in great numbers to vote for an end to the military rule that has held their country captive since 1962. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the main opposition party, has already reported a landslide victory in a number of the voting districts. But everyone remains cautious because a similar vote 25 years ago gave a landslide victory to Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, but the military refused to concede the election at that time and placed her under house arrest.

Most people know this country as Burma, the name it held until the military changed it to Myanmar during their rule. There is no word on what this country will be called if the current election and transition is successfully implemented.  

Aung San Suu Kyi, known as Daw Suu or "Aunt Suu" to the people of the country, is the daughter of national hero Aung San who won independence for Burma from the British in 1947. Unfortunately he was assassinated that same year. Raised by her mother, Suu Kyi finished college then moved to New York in 1969 to work at the United Nations for three years. After that she went to London, married Dr. Michael Aris, and they had two sons together. In 1988 she returned to her home country -- now called Myanmar -- to care for her ailing mother, and became involved in the national democracy movement. 

Given her honorable family heritage and winning personality, Suu Kyi was soon hailed as a leader by many of the Myanmar people. The military government responded by not allowing her family entry into the country to visit her, hoping to force her to leave. But she stayed, even though her husband was diagnosed with cancer and died in 1999. Her devotion to the people of Myanmar even under such wrenching conditions, has given her an almost cult-like following. Now 70 years of age, "Daw Suu" is the voice and heart of her country, and is warmly respected by leaders around the world.

Which brings us back to the current elections. The results so far are massively in favor of Daw Suu and her party. But the full results were very slow to be announced by the military-controlled election committee. Will there be roadblocks to Myanmar's freedom, or even a complete blockage? 

Stay tuned.

Note: credit to Myanmar

Election Commission, BBC,

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Time to be brave,

Gotta be,

Voted for

Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burma Shave.

-- Sandy H, CA

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