Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The beginning of democracy in Burma: Dr. JP

The Lok Satta Party today congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi on the spectacular victory of her National League for Democracy in the elections for vacant parliamentary and regional assembly seats in Burma (Myanmar).

The NLD won 35 of 37 available seats in the Lower House, three of six vacancies in the Senate and both vacant seats in regional Assemblies. The Election Commission did not announce the winners of the remaining five seats.

Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan said that Aung San Suu Kyi, who fought tirelessly for liberty and democracy in her native land, has emerged as an iconic and inspirational figure on the global stage.

Dr. JP likened Aung San Suu Kyi to Nelson Mandela for her sacrifices, unflinching courage, refusal to succumb to bitterness, compassion and non-violence and eternal optimism in the face of great adversity.

Expressing his delight over Aung San Suu Kyi herself being elected with a huge majority, Dr. JP said, “This is not the end of tyranny, but it heralds the beginning of democracy.” He hoped that democracy would fully and finally triumph when regular elections take place in Burma in 2015.

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