Burma’s Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has won a by-election for parliament, her party says, after a landmark vote which saw 45 seats contested.
Ms Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) said she had easily won the vote in Kawhmu, though official counts have not yet finished. The 66-year-old former political prisoner spent 15 years under house arrest as punishment for opposing the country’s military regime.
Today Ms Suu Kyi visited several polling stations in Kawhmu – the constituency in which she is running.
Dressed in red – the colour of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) – and wearing flowers in her hair, the Nobel peace prize winner chatted with voters.
Kawhmu is a poverty-stricken farming area just an hour outside Rangoon. Many local people live in flimsy bamboo huts and scrape a living growing rice and beans.
In the village of Wah Thin Kha voters began queuing shortly after dawn.
“I love her because she’s so brave,” said one voter, Aye Fu Hlaing.
NLD sources said they had won all 11 seats where counting had been completed last night, including one in President Thein Sein’s new capital Naypyidaw, where many local people work for his government.
“It looks like a landslide, more than 75 per cent and that means a good image for the country,” said Mr Nyunt Thein.
There was no independent confirmation and official results were expected within a week.