In her first interview since historic elections, Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has told the BBC her party has won a parliamentary majority. Early results point to a sweeping victory for her National League for Democracy (NLD), but final official results will not be known for days. In an exclusive interview with the BBC’s Fergal Keane, Ms Suu Kyi congratulated the people of Myanmar.
The election was the most democratic in Myanmar for 25 years. Ms Suu Kyi said the polls were not fair but had been “largely free” though there were “areas of intimidation”. The military-backed Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) has been in power in Myanmar since 2011 when the country began its transition from decades of military rule to a civilian government.
The selection of the president is not expected to take place until at least February. Ms Suu Kyi cannot be chosen because the constitution blocks people with foreign offspring from holding the post.