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Taiwan congratulates Myanmar on conclusion of historic elections

Taiwan congratulates Myanmar on conclusion of historic elections

Taipei, Nov. 11 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday congratulated Myanmar on the successful completion of its general elections on Nov. 8, the first poll since a nominally civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule. The Republic of China (Taiwan) government hopes to strengthen exchanges with Myanmar in all areas, based on the existing foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. In an effort to advance relations with Myanmar, the government-funded International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) and the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) have opened offices there to promote cooperation and exchanges in trade, agriculture and other areas, the ministry said. It also commended the people of Myanmar for electing parliamentarians in a peaceful and democratic manner. Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won her parliamentary seat, foreign media reported, citing official results. With the votes still being counted, Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy has won over 80 percent of the seats declared so far in the lower house and is well ahead in the upper house and regional assemblies, according to foreign media reports. If the trend is confirmed by the final results, Suu Kyi's victory will sweep out a guard of former generals that has run Myanmar since the junta handed over power to President Thein Sein's semi-civilian government in 2011. However, Suu Kyi is barred from becoming president by a constitutional hurdle inserted by the junta during the transfer of power in 2011. (By Elaine Hou) EDNITEM/pc


Updated : 2021-09-19 12:22 GMT+08:00