In a historic day for Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has taken the majority of seats in parliament after their landslide victory in November. The action ends decades of military rule. Suu Kyi has waited more than twenty years for this moment, as the parliamentary majority she gained in the 1990 elections was annulled by the military leadership and she was forced to spend several years under house arrest for her opposition to the regime. In the election this past November, her party won 80 percent of all electable positions, but because of an army-drafted constitution, Suu Kyi is barred from becoming the country’s president. Because of the overwhelming majority of her party however, she will be able to handpick a president from her loyalist circle to act as a proxy. It remains to be seen who this will be, but an announcement is expected later this month. Though, the most powerful ministerial positions will still go to the generals of Myanmar’s military party. Human Rights Watch’s deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said he hopes the new government will be able to address human rights abuses in the country: “The new government should urgently release political prisoners, revoke abusive laws, and end discrimination against Muslims and other minorities, or it will soon be facing crises of its own making,” he told CNN.
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