A by-election in Myanmar on Sunday was the third in half a century. 45 seats were up for grabs in the national parliament, which is mostly made up of former generals from the country’s one-time military junta.
The by-election was held after several politicians were promoted to minister and deputy minister roles. Myanmar, once a British colony known as Burma, began its transition to civilian rule in 2010.
Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was running for office for the first time. The 66-year-old, who spent 15 years under house arrest, was poised to win her seat and is even being tipped as a presidential challenger in three years’ time.
The pro-democracy leader’s party contest almost all of the seats in Sunday’s vote.
Myanmar’s leaders have been praised for the quick pace of change after the country moved away from 49 years of military rule.
The EU has hinted it may end sanctions if the election is deemed to be free and fair. But opposition groups have already complained about irregularities.
The results won’t be known for at least a week.
Aung San Suu Kyi set to win in Myanmar vote