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Now comes Aung San Suu Kyi's true test of leadership

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National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for Myanmar's first parliament meeting after the Nov. 8 general elections in Naypyitaw on Nov. 16.   © Reuters

No words can quite capture the significance of Aung San Suu Kyi's resounding victory in Myanmar's Nov. 8 elections. Despite competing for only three-quarters of the seats in parliament -- as according to the army-drafted constitution a quarter is reserved for the military -- Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party acquired a supermajority in both houses, winning just on 80% of seats in both houses of parliament as of Nov. 17. The incumbent military-supported Union Solidarity and Development Party was decimated, winning a mere 41 seats of those announced by then. This was a vote for "The Lady," as she is widely known, as much as it was a vote against the ruling USDP. Even the bureaucrats and military personnel in Naypyitaw, the main constituencies in the otherwise sparsely populated capital, voted for change by overwhelmingly choosing the NLD.

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