The general election is the first since a quasi-civilian government took power in 2011 after nearly 50 years of a military dictatorship, and is widely regarded as a referendum on Myanmar's reform process.
               
"I will be above the president," a relaxed and smiling Suu Kyi said. "It is a very simple message. The constitution says nothing about someone being above the president”, she added.
               
Suu Kyi said there had been irregularities in advance voting, fraud and intimidation, and that the process was falling short of its billing as the first free and fair election in 25 years.
             
Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) is expected to do well in the election. The party won a landslide in the last open election in 1990, which was annulled by the junta. Suu Kyi was by then already under house arrest, which was to last most of the next twenty years.
               
The long gap between the election on Sunday and the new government taking power in February next year was also a cause for concern, she said, addressing reporters in a tent on the lawn in front of her Yangon residence.

 

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