Skooter reporting 04/03/12
Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi won a seat in the parliament with a handy majority. After nearly half a century of military rule, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's victory in Myanmar's by-elections on Sunday symbolizes the emerging return of opposition politics to the country. Suu Kyi’s victory also has open doors for the United States to begin easing economic sanctions that are holding back reform.
Counting of votes continued, but reports shows that her National League for Democracy (NLD) party seized most of the 45 seats up for grasps. However, the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) will retain its grip on the majority of the 662 seats in the Union Parliament, but for now opposition members will have a say in lawmaking.