Myanmar’s historic elections, the first considered to be legitimate in more than 50 years, have resulted in 70-year-old opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party winning a majority 348 Parliament seats. The outcome is a resounding victory for her party, the National League for Democracy, and will mean that, when the new Parliament convenes in January, it will be the first time since the 1960s the government won’t be controlled by the military. Suu Kyi’s precise future within the new government is uncertain, but it’s likely that she’ll assume a highly influential role one way or another. A constitutional provision bars her from becoming the country’s president, but she’s vowed to create a new position “above the president” or choose a president to serve as her proxy.
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