Mamata congratulates Suu Kyi on poll victory

Kolkata, Nov 9 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday congratulated Myanmar’s pro-democracy icon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for emerging victorious in her country’s general elections.

“Heartiest congratulations to Aung San Suu Kyi for the spectacular win in Myanmar elections. It is a victory for democracy,” Banerjee tweeted.

Myanmar’s multi-party general elections were held on Sunday with 33.5 million eligible voters.

The 2015 general elections are the second in Myanmar after the previous military government handed over the state power to a civilian government in 2011 through the first elections in 2010.

Suu Kyi, who leads the National League for Democracy (NLD), had earlier dubbed the 2015 elections as “the most important elections in the history of independent Myanmar” that would decide the future of her country.

The 2015 general elections elected representatives to the next term of parliament. The next government would be formed starting 2016.

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