Myanmar army chief agrees to talks as Suu Kyi's party nears majority (Updated Thursday)

Myanmar army chief agrees to talks as Suu Kyi's party nears majority (Updated Thursday)

Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi read the official results of the elections from a newspaper outside the National League of Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on November 10, 2015. Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition appeared on the verge of a landslide election win that could finally reset Myanmar after decades of army control on November 10, as a top member of the ruling party said they had
Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi read the official results of the elections from a newspaper outside the National League of Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on November 10, 2015. Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition appeared on the verge of a landslide election win that could finally reset Myanmar after decades of army control on November 10, as a top member of the ruling party said they had "lost completely". AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU

Myanmar's powerful army chief on Wednesday congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi's party for "winning a majority" in landmark polls, agreeing to talks as her pro-democracy opposition appeared set for a landslide victory.

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Note: If you are really impatient, you can get the latest results from the Myanmar Times live-blog here: http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/election-2015/live-blog.html

Thursday morning

Myanmar's army chief makes overture to Suu Kyi party after poll

Myanmar's Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing AFP

Myanmar's powerful army chief on Wednesday congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi's party for "winning a majority" in landmark polls, agreeing to talks as her pro-democracy opposition appeared set for a landslide victory.

The comments carry significant weight coming from the from Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, the head of a military that ruled the country for half a century with an iron fist and kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for 15 years.

Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy party were poised for a massive victory after a 25-year struggle, had earlier called for talks on "national reconciliation".

As the announcement was made, the NLD seemed poised for a massive victory after a 25-year democracy struggle, and on the brink of a majority after taking more than 85 percent of the seats declared so far.

The NLD has won 256 seats, 73 shy of an outright majority – but it was almost certain to smash through that marker.

Wednesday midafternoon

The Myanmar Times reports that President U Thein Sein has congratulated the National League for Democracy on its landslide victory in the November 8 vote and promised a peaceful transfer of power, the party said.

According the the Myanmar Times, The NLD said in a statement this afternoon that Minister for Information U Ye Htut, a presidential spokesperson, congratulated the party for its win on behalf of U Thein Sein.

Wednesday morning update

Thus far, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has won 90% of the seats declared in the Lower House (134/149) & 88% in the Upper House (29/33). Unofficial results indicate that the NLD will easily win the two-third majority needed to form the government although there is still concern about the slowness of the reporting which is proceeding at a snail's pace.

Evening update

Finally some results have come in for the Upper House and there again, the NLD is far ahead, winning 29 out of the 33 seats declared. The lower house results remain unchanged with the NLD holding 78 of the 88 seats announced. Thus, two days after polls closed, only about 25 percent of the seats have been declared – apart from, of course, the 25 percent that automatically goes to military appointees.

Afternoon update

Here's the latest from the BBC via AFP:

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she believes her party has won a parliamentary majority after a historic general election, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) has secured 78 of the 88 lower house seats announced so far, pointing to a landslide win as the results trickle in.

"We probably will get between, around 75 percent in the union legislature," she told the BBC in an interview.

Mid-morning updates

More results have been announced and the NLD is extending its lead. According to the Myanmar Times' tally the NLD has 49 of the 54 lower house seats announced so far and 96 out of the 106 state/regional seats officially declared.

A huge crowd gathers outside the headquarters of National League of Democracy (NLD) party displaying a huge portrait of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon on November 9, 2015. Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party on November 9, said they are on course to claim more than 70 percent of seats after Myanmar's poll, a gain that could bring a major power shift from the military. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

Suu Kyi party chalks up wins in first Myanmar poll results

Yangon, Nov 10, 2015, AFP – Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party on Monday cheered early results from Myanmar's historic election, with hopes boosted of sweeping gains to carry it to power after decades of military dominance.

Election authorities have so far announced only a small fraction of the results, but the National League for Democracy has scooped the lion's share of those seats, boosting enthusiasm in the crowds in front of party headquarters in Yangon.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) next to party patron Tin Oo (L) delivrs a speech from the balcony of the National League of Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on November 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU

The NLD has so far won 49 lower house seats – including 24 in Yangon and 10 in the country's second city Mandalay, both areas where the party is expected to sweep the vote.

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, appearing increasingly beleaguered, has taken just three lower house seats so far.

Another two lower house seats have gone to ethnic parties in eastern Shan and northern Kachin states, according to the tally officially released so far.

Sunday's elections saw millions line up to cast their ballots in what many hope will mark a dramatic leap towards democracy in the Southeast Asian nation, which withered for decades under the iron grip of junta rule.

It could take days for the full results to be officially announced, but the NLD has already given a bullish prediction for its first election in 25 years.

Party spokesman Win Htein told AFP that unofficial tallies showed the opposition "on track to win more than 70 percent of seats around the country".

He did not specify if the percentage would translate into power under Myanmar's complex political system.

The NLD, which currently accounts for a tiny proportion of parliament's MPs following landmark 2012 by-elections, is shooting for 67 percent of elected seats in the national legislature to be able to select a president and form a government.

That would be enough to overwhelm the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and their military allies – who automatically get 25 percent of seats under a constitution scripted to ensure they still have a major stake in the future.

You can read our previous coverage here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/learning-from-news/757160/suu-kyi-nld-seeks-majority-in-tomorrow-election

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Vocabulary

  • account for: to be a particular amount or part of something -
  • ally (noun): a person, group, organisation or country who helps and supports another person, group, organisation or country - คนกลุ่มหรือประเทศที่อยู่ในกลุ่มเดียวกัน; พันธมิตร
  • appear: to seem - ดูเหมือนจะ, ดูเหมือนว่า
  • authority (noun): a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • beleaguered: having a lot of problems or criticism to deal with - เต็มไปด้วยปัญหา
  • boost: to increase; to strengthen - เพิ่ม; ทำให้มีกำลังมากขึ้น
  • boosting: increasing - เพิ่ม
  • brink: almost in a very new, dangerous or exciting situation - ริม, ขอบ, ความจวนเจ
  • bullish (adj): feeling confident and positive about the future - มั่นใจและมีความหวังในอนาคต
  • by-election : an election held to fill an empty seat in parliament - การเลือกตั้งซ่อม
  • cast a ballot: to vote, i.e., to put a marked ballot in a ballot box - ลงคะแนน, หย่อนบัตรเลือกตั้ง, ออกเสียงเลือกตั้ง
  • chalk up (verb): to achieve or record a success, points in a game, etc. - บันทึก (บางสิ่ง) เป็นความสำเร็จ, จดบันทึก
  • commander-in-chief: someone in charge of the whole of the armed forces of a country - ผู้บัญชาการทหารสูงสุด
  • complex: having a lot of details or small parts that make it difficult to understand or deal with - ซับซ้อน
  • concern: a worry - ความกังวล
  • congratulate: to praise someone about their success, good luck or happiness on a special occasion - แสดงความยินดี
  • constitution: the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ
  • currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน
  • decades: periods of ten years - เป็นสิบๆปี
  • development: the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc - การพัฒนา
  • dominance: control - การมีอำนาจเหนือ, การครอบคลุม, การควบคุม
  • dramatic: sudden, very great and often surprising; exciting and impressive - น่าทึ่งใจ, ตื่นเต้นเร้าใจ
  • ensure: to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
  • enthusiasm: the feeling of being very interested in something or excited by it - ความกระตือรือร้น
  • ethnic: of a group of people with the same culture or traditions - กลุ่มชาติพันธุ์
  • extend: to include something more; to make something longer - ขยายออกไป
  • extend: to make a period of time longer - ขยายออกไป
  • form: to start to exist and develop; to make something start to exist and develop - พัฒนาขึ้น, สร้างขึ้น
  • fraction (noun): a small part of something - ส่วนน้อย, จำนวนเล็กน้อย
  • gain (noun): an increase in the amount of something - จำนวนที่เพิ่มขึ้น
  • grip: control or power over somebody/something - กำกับดูแล
  • headquarters: the place where an organisation or company has its main offices - สำนักงานใหญ่ กองบัญชาการ
  • historic: of historical importance - ที่สำคัญในประวัติศาสตร์
  • house arrest: legally forced to stay in your house as if it were a prison - การกักกันผู้ต้องหาไว้ในที่อยู่ของเขา
  • impatient (adj): wanting something to happen as soon as possible - ใจร้อน
  • interview: a meeting (often a public one) at which a person is asked questions in order to find out their opinions, experiences, etc. - การสัมภาษณ์
  • iron fist: very firm control - การคุมเข้ม
  • junta: a group of military officers that governs a country, usually without having been elected - รัฐบาลทหาร
  • landmark: a major event or achievement that marks an important state in a process and makes progress possible - เหตุการณ์ที่เป็นการแสดงถึงความคืบหน้า
  • lead: the position ahead of everyone else in a race or competition - ตำแหน่งนำ
  • leap: a large jump; a major achievement that has been done before - การกระโดด
  • legislature: the part of government that makes and changes laws - สภานิติบัญญติ
  • live: happening now, i.e., not recorded earlier - ถ่ายทอดสด
  • Lower House: House of Representatives - สภาผู้แทนราษฎร
  • major: very large or important - สำคัญมาก
  • officially: publicly and by somebody who is in a position of authority - อย่างเป็นทางการ
  • on behalf of: as a representative of - ในนามของ ในฐานะของ
  • on course: likely to achieve or do something because you have already started to do it -
  • on track: likely to be successful; likely to reach a certain level -
  • opposition party: a political party that is not part of the government or a group which is against the government - พรรคฝ่ายค้าน  
  • overwhelm: to defeat someone or something by using a lot of force - ล้น,ท่วมท้น
  • party: an organized group of people who have similar ideas about the way in which a country should be governed, and who work together to try to persuade people to vote for them in elections - พรรค การเมือง
  • poised: about to do or achieve something - ได้มาซึ่ง
  • poll (noun): an election - การเลือกตั้ง
  • portrait: a painting, photograph, drawing, etc. of a person - ภาพวาดหรือภาพถ่ายคน
  • power (noun): political control of a country or an area; having a lot of influence and authority to control people and situations - อำนาจ
  • proportion: part or share of a whole - สัดส่วน
  • reconciliation: a new and friendly relationship with someone who you argued with or fought with - การทำให้ปรองดองกันอีก, การสมานฉันท์
  • release: to allow something to be shown or known to the public or to be available for use - เปิดเผย, ปล่อยข่าว
  • rule: control over the government of a country - การปกครอง
  • ruling: having control over a particular group, country, etc - ซึ่งมีอำนาจ, ซึ่งปกครอง
  • scoop (verb): to move or lift somebody/something with a quick continuous movement - ตัก, ช้อนขึ้น, ควักขึ้น
  • scripted (adj): written or planned before and therefore not natural - เป็นบทละคร
  • secure (verb): to get or achieve something - ได้มา
  • select: to choose - คัดเลือก
  • shift: a change in something - การเปลี่ยน
  • shoot for (verb): aiming for; trying to get a particular goal or number - เล็ง, พยายามได้
  • shy of: almost reaching this level, just a little more to go -
  • significant: important - สำคัญ
  • snail's pace (idiom): extremely slow, like the speed of a snail (หอยทาก) -
  • solidarity: agreement between and support for the members of a group - ความเป็นน้ำหนึ่งใจเดียว ความสามัคคี
  • specify: to explain something in an exact and detailed way - ระบุ  ชี้แจงรายละเอียด
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
  • stake: a share or a financial involvement in something such as a business - ส่วนได้เสีย
  • sweep (verb): to win all of the top places in a competition or all of the seats in an election กวาด, ชนะท่วมท้น - กวาด, ชนะท่วมท้น
  • sweeping: having a major effect - กว้างขวาง
  • system (noun): a particular way of doing something; an organised set of ideas or theories - ระบบ, หลักการ
  • tally: a record or count of a number of items - การบันทึกจำนวน
  • the lion's share (idiom): the largest or best part of something when it is divided - ส่วนแบ่งที่มากที่สุด, ส่วนแบ่งที่ดีที่สุด
  • tiny: very small -
  • transfer: to officially arrange for someone else to take responsibility for something - โอน
  • translate: to change something, or to be changed, into a different form - เปลี่ยน, แปร
  • unofficial (adj.): not having been proven or approved by anyone in authority - ไม่เป็นทางการ
  • weight: importance - ความสำคัญ
  • wither: (of plants and flowers) to become dry and start to die - เหี่ยวแห้ง
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