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Suu Kyi hopes for 'new era' after Myanmar vote

Suu Kyi hopes for 'new era' after Myanmar vote
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Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she hopes her party’s victory in parliamentary by-elections will mark the beginning of a new era.

Official results have not yet been published but Suu Kyi said her National League for Democracy had won all seats being contested.

The elections follow a year of change in a country that spent decades under military rule.

“We hope that this will be the beginning of a new era where there will be more emphasis on the role of the people in the everyday politics of our country. We also hope that we will be able to go further along the road towards national reconciliation. We would welcome all parties who would wish to join us in the process of bringing peace and prosperity to our country,” Suu Kyi told her jubilant supporters.

The NLD was taking part in elections for the first time since 1990, when it won a national vote that was then ignored by the military.

The Foreign Minister of Myanmar, also known as Burma, said on the whole the vote had gone well with a high turnout.

The EU says it will look again at the end of April at sanctions imposed on Myanmar over its human rights record, with a view to sending a “positive sign”.

Aung San Suu Kyi will now have to work with Myanmar’s president, who is thought to have played a key role in persuading other military leaders to embrace reforms.