A good day for Burma

The Telegraph reports:

Burma’s long-dominant military and the former general who is now president have congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi’s party on its stunning electoral success in a dramatic sign of the new political landscape.

President Thein Sein also pledged to honour the results and co-operate on a smooth transition of power to the opposition as the staggering scale of the National League for Democracy’s victory became clear.

The generals who ruled Burma for five decades had long vilified Ms Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate whom they detained under house arrest for 15 years in her lakeside home.

The military retain 25% of seats in the lower House, but the NLD is still looking for a majority.

They’re won 179 out of 216 seats declared so far.

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