The National League for Democracy's hopes of a decisive victory surged this afternoon after poll authorities handed it 15 of the first 16 seats to be counted in Yangon.
    
Earlier party spokesman Win Htein said that unofficial tallies showed the opposition was "on track to win more than 70 per cent of seats around the country."
    
The NLD needs 67 percent of available parliamentary seats to enjoy a majority. That would be enough to overwhelm the USDP and their military allies -- who are gifted 25 percent of seats by a constitution scripted to ensure they still have a major stake in the future.
    
The army-backed USDP, or Union Solidarity and Development Party, said it was ready for a wipeout in the commercial capital Yangon, while several of its heavyweights – including its chairman -- lost their seats.
    
Suu Kyi, who is still barred from the presidency under the army-drafted constitution, remained cautious, but hinted at victory.
    
"It is not the time to congratulate our candidates who we think have won the election," she told supporters and journalists from the balcony of her party's Yangon headquarters. But people have an idea of the result even if I don't say it," she added.

 

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