Yangon: Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) on Wednesday announced that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won Sunday’s general election and has been re-elected to the House of Representatives (Lower House).
Representing her National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the party chairperson, contested in Yangon’s Kawhmu constituency mainly against rival U Kyaw Zin Hein, candidate of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), reported Xinhua.
So far, the NLD has secured a total of 291 seats in three levels of parliament, including 78 in the House of Representatives, 29 in the House of Nationalities and 182 in the Region or State Parliament, according to the result released by the UEC as of Tuesday night.
The USDP held 27 seats, six in the House of Representatives, two in the House of Nationalities and 19 in the Region or State Parliament.
A total of 333 representatives have been elected to parliament at three levels, according to the results announced by the UEC as of Tuesday night.
Amnesty International on Monday accused India of disregarding international law after a Rohingya family was deported to Myanmar where the military is accused of genocide against the stateless Muslim minority.
The family of five, who had been in prison in India’s northeastern Assam state since 2013, was handed over to Myanmar authorities on Thursday — the second such deportation in just months after seven men were returned in October.
The United Nations expressed concern over the forcible repatriation of the Rohingya while rights groups warned New Delhi was putting the community at serious risk by returning them to Myanmar, where for decades the minority has been targeted in violent pogroms by security forces.
The Rohingya are despised by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which refuses to recognize them as citizens and falsely labels them “Bengali” illegal immigrants.
They were concentrated in Rakhine state, the epicentre of a Myanmar army offensive that since August 2017 has driven some 720,000 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh.
“The Rohingya population in Rakhine state in Myanmar continue to live under a system of apartheid,” Amnesty India’s Abhirr V. P. said in a statement.
“The expulsion of asylum-seekers and refugees amounts to a violation of India’s obligations under customary international law, which prohibits governments from returning people to a territory where they are at risk of serious human rights violations.”
India is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention.
Indian officials say around 40,000 Rohingya are living in the country, where Hindu hardliners have called for their mass deportation.