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Opposition claims Myanmar's Suu Kyi wins

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi wins her first elected office in a landmark election Sunday in Myanmar

AP , Sunday 1 Apr 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi's party says she has won a seat in Myanmar's parliament after Sunday's landmark election, setting the stage for the pro-democracy icon to hold public office for the first time.

The victory, if confirmed, marks a major milestone in the Southeast Asian nation, where the military has ruled almost exclusively for a half-century and where the government is now seeking legitimacy and a lifting of Western sanctions.

The victory claim was displayed on a digital signboard above the opposition National League for Democracy's headquarters in Myanmar's main city, Yangon.

Earlier, the party said in unofficial figures that Suu Kyi was ahead with 65 percent of the vote in 82 of her constituency's 129 polling stations.

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