Obama congratulates Myanmar on free and fair elections

Obama congratulates Myanmar on free and fair elections

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is just 38 seats away from claiming a parliamentary majority in Myanmar’s historic election as more results are gradually released by the country’s election commission.

The spokesman for Myanmar’s president said on Thursday that Barack Obama had called to congratulate Thein Sein for holding “free and fair” elections. The White House has not yet confirmed the details of the call.

By noon on Thursday in the capital of Naypyidaw, the electoral commission had announced two more batches of seats for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, taking it to fewer than 40 seats shy of a majority, for which it needs to win 329 seats across the lower and upper houses of parliament. Read more

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