Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won a seat in parliament, according to her party, in a historic moment for the country’s transition to democracy.
The opposition National League for Democracy claimed the Nobel Laureate had easily gained the majority of votes in her constituency just outside the city of Yangon.
Sunday’s by-election was the first time the 66-year-old has run for office.
Suu Kyi was a major thorn in the side of Myanmar’s former military junta which kept her under house arrest for 15 years.
Despite opposition claims of irregularities at polling stations, the leader of the another party thinks the vote ran smoothly. “I’ve not seen any intimidation of people this time,” said Democratic Party leader Thu Wai.
“We (the candidates) can check in every polling station, I can enter any polling station and ask them questions. If there’s anything that I don’t agree with, I can complain,” he added.
Suu Kyi’s seat was one of 45 contested in the new parliament which was set up as part of an 18-month-old transition to civilian rule. Former military generals still make up the majority of elected officials.