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Myanmar polls: Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD wins all 12 seats in first round

Myanmar,November 9:The party of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi won all 12 of the parliamentary seats declared in the first round of results after Sunday's general election, according to the country's election commission.

The 12 seats, all in the country's largest city, Yangon, went to the National League for Democracy (NLD), Union Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye told a news conference.

Earlier, Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat in the country's general election on Monday as the opposition led by democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi appeared on course for a landslide victory.

"We lost," Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) acting chairman Htay Oo told Reuters in an interview a day after the Southeast Asian country's first free nationwide election in quarter of a century.

The election commission has not yet announced any results from Sunday's poll, but Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy (NLD) said that partial counts showed it had won more than 80% of votes cast in the densely populated central regions.

NLD spokesman Win Htein said that outside the central area, the Nobel peace laureate's party had so far won more than 65% of votes cast in the states of Mon and Kayin. Results from the five other states were not yet known, he added.

It was not yet clear whether the NLD would win the two-thirds of seats in parliament it needs to form the first democratically elected Myanmar government since the early 1960s. But, with a first-past-the-post system for winning constituencies, a commanding lead in the popular vote makes it likely.

The election was a landmark in the country's unsteady journey to democracy from the military dictatorship that made it a pariah state for so long. It is also a moment that Suu Kyi will relish after spending years under house arrest.

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