Obama congratulates Suu Kyi on historic vote in Myanmar

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is congratulating democracy crusader Aung San Suu Kyi for the success of her opposition party in Myanmar’s historic elections.

Suu Kyi’s party was on the verge of victory Thursday with results from Sunday’s parliamentary elections still coming in.

The White House says in a phone call Wednesday night, Obama commended Suu Kyi for “her tireless efforts and sacrifice over so many years” to promote a peaceful, democratic Myanmar. The two talked about the importance of all parties respecting the election results once announced in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Obama also called President Thein Sein to congratulate Burma on its success in conducting the election and the importance of respecting the outcome. The former general has led Myanmar’s military-backed government for five years.

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