tirsdag 10. november 2020

Myanmar election latest: Japan congratulates Suu Kyi and vows support

Myanmar's citizens voted to choose their leaders for the next five years in an election on Sunday, with the National League for Democracy led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi believed to be on track for a big win. The polls, held amid the coronavirus pandemic, mark the second general election for the NLD under the current constitution. The party won a landslide in 2015 before taking the reins of government the following year.

Now, the NLD hopes to maintain a two-thirds majority, with roughly 500 seats up for grabs across the lower and upper houses of parliament. Reaching that threshold is crucial because the constitution allows the military to appoint the remaining 25% of the seats in both chambers. In a joint session after the lawmakers are elected -- the vote counting is ongoing and could take days -- the two houses will select the president.