Suu Kyi wins majority in Myanmar

Myanmar opposition party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has won a majority in Myanmar's historic polls,ending decades of military-backed rule. With more than 80% of seats declared, Aung San Suu Kyi's party has more than the two-thirds it needs to control parliament and choose the president. But a quarter of seats are allocated to the military, which means it will remain hugely influential. Myanmar's constitution means Ms Suu Kyi cannot become the president. It specifically bars anyone whose children were born foreign nationals from holding the job. Both her sons were born British. But Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent decades under military-imposed house arrest, has insisted she would lead the country anyway if her party won.

Myanmar opposition party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has won a majority in Myanmar’s historic polls,ending decades of military-backed rule.

With more than 80% of seats declared, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has more than the two-thirds it needs to control parliament and choose the president.

But a quarter of seats are allocated to the military, which means it will remain hugely influential.

Myanmar’s constitution means Ms Suu Kyi cannot become the¬†president.

It specifically bars anyone whose children were born foreign nationals from holding the job. Both her sons were born British.

But Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent decades under military-imposed house arrest, has insisted she would lead the country anyway if her party won.

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