There were celebrations as Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi won a parliamentary by-election. Her party has also claimed victory in at least 19 of the 45 contested seats and was projected to win more.
The results have yet to be confirmed officially but the landmark vote is being seen as a key test of political reforms by the year-old civilian government.
Thousands gathered outside Suu Kyi’s party headquarters with many describing the election a
Despite the wins the army and its allies will still dominate the 664-seat parliament.
The election however, marks a reversal of fortunes for Suu Kyi who will take public office for the first time after being kept under house arrest by the former junta for nearly two decades.
Despite reports of widespread irregularities, a confirmed victory could encourage Western powers to re think economic sanctions.