India congratulates Myanmar for peaceful elections

New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS) India on Wednesday congratulated the people of Myanmar for the orderly conduct of voting in Sunday’s general elections.

“The government and people of India welcome this significant step towards democracy in a close neighbour with whom we have long historic links,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

“We congratulate the people of Myanmar for the orderly conduct of voting and the peaceful and exemplary conduct of the electorate. We trust that the electoral outcome would be respected by all parties.”

The statement also said that as a friendly democratic nation, India sent a three-member team of election observers from the Election Commission of India.

“We trust that the electoral outcome would be respected by all parties,” it said.

According to Xinhua report from Yangon, Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) on Wednesday announced that opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has won Sunday’s general election and has been re-elected to the House of Representatives (lower house).

Representing her National League for Democracy (NLD), Suu Kyi, who is the party chairperson, contested in Yangon’s Kawhmu constituency mainly against rival U Kyaw Zin Hein, candidate of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

So far, the NLD has secured 291 seats in three levels of parliament, including 78 in the House of Representatives, 29 in the House of Nationalities and 182 in the Region or State Parliaments, according to the result released by the UEC as of Tuesday night.

The USDP held 27 seats, six in the House of Representatives, two in the House of Nationalities and 19 in the Region or State Parliaments.

A total of 333 representatives have been elected to parliament at three levels, according to the results announced by the UEC as of Tuesday night.

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