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Suu Kyi’s Opposition Party Wins Big in Myanmar Election

April 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT

GWEN IFILL: Next, a remarkable landslide victory that catapults a political icon from imprisonment to power in Myanmar, the nation also known as Burma.

John Irvine of Independent Television News reports.

JOHN IRVINE: Aung San Suu Kyi, M.P. She has just become an elected politician for the first time and it seems her party has done very well in the relative handful of seats it could contest.

But such success might make the regime here nervous, so she’s been careful not to sound overly triumphant.

AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Burmese Pro-Democracy Leader: 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.

JOHN IRVINE: Burma hasn’t known peace or prosperity for a long time. But the regime will be hoping that foreign investment enabled by the lifting of sanctions will be their reward for accepting “The Lady” into the political fold.


JOHN IRVINE: For her part, she now has an inside seat which she can use to ensure that, after all the waiting, her downtrodden constituents get a fair deal in a Burma discovering a future.