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Myanmar government vows peaceful transition of power

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has won a majority of parliamentary seats in the country’s first free elections in 25 years, and on Wednesday the government promised a stable transition of power.

The National League for Democracy said Information Minister Ye Htut conveyed the president’s congratulations for the party leading in Sunday’s parliamentary elections and that the government would pursue a peaceful transition “in accordance with the legislated timeline,” the Associated Press reported.

Even with an NLD victory, democracy advocate Suu Kyi cannot become president because of a provision in the constitution inserted by the military before it transferred power to a quasi-civilian government in 2011, according to the AP. The military had taken over the Asian nation of 56 million in a coup in 1962.

Suu Kyi said earlier in the week that she still can be the country’s de-facto leader, making “all the decisions” as head of the winning party. “And the president will be one whom we will choose just in order to meet the requirements of the constitution,” she said.

She and Thein Sein, the president of the country formerly known as Burma, reportedly have agreed to meet soon about the transition.

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