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Era of Fear Eases as Aung San Suu Kyi, NLD Party Win Seats in Burma Parliament: VIDEO

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Thousands celebrated in Burma (Myanmar) after elections results revealed that longtime imprisoned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party won seats in parliament.

The Guardian reports: Suukyi

Aung San Suu Kyi has hailed "the beginning of a new era" in Burma's politics after her party claimed a spectacular 43 out of 44 parliamentary seats in Sunday's historic byelection.

Speaking to thousands of red-clad supporters outside the headquarters of her opposition party, the National League for Democracy' (NLD), the Nobel laureate called the election "a triumph of the people" and said: "We hope this will be the beginning of a new era."

Traffic slowed to a crawl as throngs of people, many of them waving flags and clutching red and white roses, spilled into the street to cheer, clap and call out "Amay Suu" (Mother Suu) as her motorcade arrived. At least one person was trampled underfoot when bodyguards pushed back the crowds and people swarmed to the car to see the woman who spent almost 22 years under house arrest and who many hope will create a new future for Burma's 60 million people.

CNN reports:

The sudden relaxation of political shackles on the Nobel laureate has raised the inevitable questions of why, and what do they want in return? One expert said Myanmar's new leaders, who were elected to power in a vote derided as a "sham" in November 2010, had tired of being ostracized by the international community.

Watch an Australian news report from the scene, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This really is the best news I've heard since the year started - an overwhelmingly joyous occasion and a true sign of hope for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar :)
    3 cheers!!

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 2, 2012 8:00:35 AM


  2. JACK - Ditto. This is one of the great ladies and victories (if it holds up) in our time. Very thrilled for this fine woman.

    Posted by: uffda | Apr 2, 2012 1:08:22 PM


  3. Anyone familiar with the life of Aung San Suu Kyi (pronounced Chee) can not help but admire what she has meant to Burma and the world in her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights. This Nobel prize laureate, who was not even permitted to go to the ceremonies and then return to Burma continues to demonstrate the absolute best of the human spirit!

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 2, 2012 4:51:53 PM


  4. With such a huge parliamentary majority--and given Suu Kyi's national and international stature--one could easily conclude this result would make her the de facto leader of the country. I recognize the actual situation may be enormously complex (and far beyond my limited knowledge). Still it's a promising sign, putting it mildly.

    Posted by: cwm | Apr 2, 2012 6:41:24 PM


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