Nobel laureate and pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi has won a parliamentary seat in Burma's government, her party said on Sunday, just hours after the polls closed.
Hundreds of people clapped and cheered as a giant screen outside her National League for Democracy (NLD) party headquarters in Rangoon announced the Nobel Peace Prize winner had won a parliamentary seat for the first time.
Some wept with joy at the news, which if confirmed would mark a stunning turnaround for the former political prisoner, who was locked up by the former junta for most of the past 22 years.
The NLD’s celebrations were made even more ecstatic by the fact that the party had expressed fears of “rampant irregularities” in the election process – claiming that, in at least 50 cases, voters were given ballot papers with wax smeared over the box beside the NLD’s name.
A new reform was expected Monday when Myanmar's currency will be largely unshackled from government controls that kept the kyat at an artificially high rate for decades. The International Monetary fund says the change could lift a major constraint on growth in one of Asia's least developed countries.