Easy win for Suu Kyi in Myanmar by-election


Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, 66, is expected to easily grab a parliamentary seat in Myanmar’s by-election on Sunday. A total of 45 out of 48 seats are up for contention, with the 3 remaining in Kachin state, awaiting a ceasefire being worked out between the military and Kachin rebels. The US is expected to respond to the holding of the polls by easing economic sanctions. Party candidates from the Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) are also expected to win slots in the 664-seat bicameral national parliament. Even combined with other opposition politicians, however, Suu Kyi and her allies will be little match against the regime. Read more here

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