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Opposition party in Myanmar claims democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi wins parliament seat
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) ' Aung San Suu Kyi's party says she has won a seat in Myanmar's parliament after Sunday's landmark election, setting the stage for the pro-democracy icon to hold public office for the first time.
The victory, if confirmed, marks a major milestone in the Southeast Asian nation, where the military has ruled almost exclusively for a half-century and where the government is now seeking legitimacy and a lifting of Western sanctions.
The victory claim was displayed on a digital signboard above the opposition National League for Democracy's headquarters in Myanmar's main city, Yangon.
Earlier, the party said in unofficial figures that Suu Kyi was ahead with 65 percent of the vote in 82 of her constituency's 129 polling stations.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) ' The opposition party in Myanmar claims Aung San Suu Kyi has won a seat in parliament after Sunday's election, setting the stage for the nation's pro-democracy icon to hold public office for the first time.