YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s military establishment on Wednesday acknowledged the victory of the country’s democracy movement led by the Nobel Peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, raising hopes for a peaceful transfer of power after five decades of military domination.
President Thein Sein sent his congratulations to Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi and her party for “gathering the support of the people.” The statement, delivered in a Facebook post, amounted to an admission of defeat by the president, a former general who has led the military-backed government for the past five years.
“The government will respect and follow the people’s choice and decision, and work on transferring power peacefully according to the timetable,” the Facebook message said.
Both sides agreed to hold negotiations after the election commission announces the final results of the vote, expected later this month.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi campaigning in Yangon last Sunday. She has declared that she would rule above the president in any government led by the National League for Democracy.Op-Ed Contributor: The Lady and the ElectionNOV. 6, 2015
Winning a majority in both houses of Parliament, as the National League for Democracy appears to have done in Sunday’s election, would give the party control over both the legislative and executive branches of government — a breathtaking sweep of power for the democracy movement.