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Aung San Suu Kyi may not be Myanmar's president, but she is its leader

Supporters of the National League for Democracy rejoice, anticipating a landslide, in front of the party's headquarters in Yangon on Nov. 8. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

YANGON -- Tin Oo is pushing 90, but much like another nonagenarian Southeast Asian politician, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the one-time commander in chief of the Myanmar army and co-founder of the National League for Democracy shows no sign of flagging.

     Shoulders back, spine straight, and a booming delivery that makes a microphone superfluous, Tin Oo was phlegmatic about the NLD's landslide victory in Myanmar's Nov. 8 election. It was the first openly contested vote since the NLD won the 1990 elections, an outcome ignored by the ruling military.

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