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Aung San Suu Kyi gets into action after electoral victory
11-11-2015

Rangoon (Burma): The votes are still being counted, but opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the likely victor in Burma’s elections held Sunday, wasted no time Wednesday getting down to business, setting a meeting with the former and current military men now in charge to talk about a smooth transfer of power.

President Thein Sein, a former army general, congratulated Suu Kyi on her party’s lead in the landmark parliamentary elections, moving a step closer toward a power transfer in a nation once under strict military rule. The country’s top military commander also offered congratulations to Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, said the president’s spokesman called after Burma’s election commission released results for 40 percent of the vote showing that the NLD was winning by large margins. Although no official concession statement from Thein Sein or his Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) was immediately issued, the gestures from Burmese leaders appeared to make that a formality.

Thein Sein’s office posted a statement on its Facebook page that said: “Our government will respect the people’s decision and choice and will hand over power as scheduled.”

The Burmese pro-democracy leader spent 15 years under house arrest, at the order of a military junta, before her release in 2010. As the Nobel laureate’s National League for Democracy party hopes for a historic win in this year’s elections, here is a look back at key moments in her political career.

Suu Kyi, 70, went ahead with plans to meet with Thein Sein to discuss making good on that pledge, and she wrote to him and two other leaders to stress a need to respect the people’s will. The pro-democracy leader was reelected to parliament in Sunday’s poll, results showed Wednesday.