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USDP candidates sweep majority seats of parliaments in Myanmar election

11-11-2010 11:22 BJT

YANGON, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), led by Prime Minister U Thein Sein, has so far swept the majority seats of the parliament at three levels in Myanmar's multi-party general election held on Nov. 7, leading with 181 seats or 75.7 percent out of 239, according to the results issued by the Union Election Commission up to Wednesday.

Of the 72 seats with the house of representatives, USDP account for 56. Out of 21 with the house of nationalities, USDP shares 14, and out of 146 with the region or state parliament, USDA takes 111.

The USDP representatives-elect to the house of representatives so far include three state leaders and some 6 ministers and the Yangon mayor, while to the region or state parliament 2 ministers.

The USDP is followed by the National Unity Party (NUP) which so far got 12 seats, of which 1 with the house of representatives, 1 with the house of nationalities and 10 with the region or state parliament.

The ethnic All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMRDP) so far also grasped 12 seats, of which 3 with the house of representatives, 3 with the house of nationalities and 6 with the regio or state parliament.

The National Democratic Force (NDF) so far secured 11 seats, of which 7 with the house of representatives and 4 with the region or state parliament.

Some minor number of seats were won by Kayin People's Party, Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, Pa-Oh National Organization, Kayin State Democracy and Development Party, Taaung (Palaung) National Party and Wa National Unity Party.

More results are expected to be published by the election commission as a folllow-up.

The USDP, claimed as having a membership of 16 to 18 million, was transformed from the previous biggest social organization -- the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) established in 1993, while the NUP is a party reorganized from the previous government's disbanded ruling Myanmar Socialist Program Party and the NDF is a break-away party from the disbanded National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

In the Nov. 7 general election, a total of 29 million qualified voters across the country cast ballots.

Nationally, a total of over 3,000 parliamentary candidates from 37 political parties including 82 independents took part in the competition across the country's seven regions and seven ethnic states for over 1,000 parliamentary seats.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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