|Finally, our wishes are fulfilled! Daw "The Lady" Aung San Suu Kyi will take office! (WQ)|
|Burmese Theravada Buddhist monks hold Burmese and American flags (telegraph.co.uk).|
|"The Lady" Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, with more power than Burma's puppet president (essentially installed by the military junta, which is still in power behind the scenes), addresses a crowd of supporters (BBC).|
|The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet supports Suu Kyi.|
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|Ellen Page's photo of Dictator Than Shwe|
(JBF Entertainment/Neil Hollander Film) WARNING: Gore and carnage during Saffron Revolution/people's uprising for Aung San Suu Kyi and justice. The right-wing military dictatorship -- which has ruled Burma ever since a coup that wrested power from beloved, democratically-elected Suu Kyi -- reacted with police state violence.
|Democrats love fake democracies over right-wing dictatorships. U.S. Pres. Barry Obama kisses Burmese opposition-leader Aung San Suu Kyi after making a speech at her residence in Rangoon, Nov. 19, 2012 (blogs.ft.com).|
|Suu Kyi serving in Burmese parliament|
- "Burma VJ" - a video journalist (VJ) during the Saffron Revolution documents junta's abuse of Buddhist monks who rose up against illegitimate military leaders.
|Aung San Suu Kyi is Burma's Nelson Mandela, the US's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here she is seen at Nat'l League for Democracy HQ in Rangoon in Nov. 2010 (Soe Than Win/Getty Images).|
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|Daw Aung San Suu Kyi making news in Burma's Parliament after earlier elections (AFP).|
Earlier, Ms. Suu Kyi addressed a crowd at the NLD's headquarters in Rangoon, urging them to be patient.
|Burma in the center of Southeast Asia, beneath Tibet, Bhutan, and Himalayas.|
That has not stopped them declaring their own results. To the delight of the crowd the NLD announced sweeping victories across Rangoon, Mon State, and the Irrawaddy Delta.
The percentages involved would make even an African despot blush. It mattered little to the crowd that they weren't official figures.
Over the next few days the steady flow of real results is expected to continue. That slow pace may give people time to come to terms with what is looking like being a massive political change.
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In one of the earliest and most significant known results, the ruling party's Shwe Mann, who is speaker of the lower house of parliament, conceded defeat in his constituency to the NLD candidate.
The full results will not be known for at least a few days, and the president will only be chosen in February or possibly later.
International observers say the voting process was generally smooth, with some isolated irregularities. And hundreds of thousands of people -- including [much abused] minority Rohingya Muslims [who were subject to ethnic cleansing by the military-run government] -- were also denied voting rights, raising concerns about the fairness of the poll.
US Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the elections as a step towards democracy, but added that they were far from perfect.
"I'm really happy because from what I heard the NLD is winning. I couldn't sleep until 11 or 12 because I was looking everywhere for results," San Win, a 40-year-old newspaper vendor, told the AP news agency. Share this story: About sharing
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