Myanmar's Historic Elections

To most people in Nyanmar, also known to some as  Burma, the news that the opposition has won the country's first free elections is a dream.

What baffles them more is that the military backed president, Thein Sein, a former general, has conceded defeat.

Results announced so far show that Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's National Democratic League for Democracy has won 80% .The ruling party has won on 3% so far.

Remise du Prix Sakharov à Aung San Suu Kyi Strasbourg 22 octobre 2013-18.jpg

It is the first time the former British colony is becoming a real democracy.

Ms kyi's father was the founder of the party and was killed in a military coup and she was put under house arrest for 20 years

She would go on to win the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and eventually be freed on 13 November 2010. She has been the leader of the opposition ever since.

On 19 September 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi was also presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States
Her critics would point out that she allowed the outgoing government to commit horrific human rights violations while in active parliament.

The US president has visited the tiny nation twice. The move is to give the country real democracy and remove Myanmar from Chinese grip.
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