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Newsline: British Embassy praises Myanmar’s landmark elections

The British Embassy on Wednesday issued a statement with British Prime Minister David Cameron’s response to the election, as results continued to indicate a massive victory by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Cameron has praised Myanmar’s landmark elections as an important step toward democracy and “a triumph for Burmese people, who have clearly voiced their desire for change.” Myanmar, a former British colony, was previously known as Burma. Myanmar’s information minister says President Thein Sein and the military will respect the results of the “free and fair elections.” In response to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s request for a meeting on the formation of a new government, Information Minister Ye Htut said on his Facebook page Wednesday that “in the post-election period, the country’s leaders will discuss maintaining peace and stability of the country.” Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party is headed for a massive win that will give the country a government not beholden to the military for the first time in more than a half-century.



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