December 18, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Myanmar held elections early November as the capstone of a wider range of "reforms" it has undertaken as an apparent means of escaping decades of sanctions leveled against it by the West. Predictably, the National League of Democracy (NLD) headed by the Western vaunted, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was declared the winner in a "landslide" by Western papers even before the official count was revealed.
Western headlines hailed the election results as "historic" with the BBC in its article, "Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi: NLD has won election majority," claiming:
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has told the BBC she believes her party has won a parliamentary majority, in her first interview since the historic elections.Suu Kyi's comments regarding "areas of intimidation" are particularly ironic, with the BBC itself reporting before the elections that Suu Kyi's own followers had protested the sitting government's attempts to grant Myanmar's Rohingya minority identification cards and the right to vote in these very polls.
Early results point to a sweeping victory for her National League for Democracy (NLD), but final official results will not be known for days.
The election was seen as the most democratic in Myanmar for 25 years.
In an nterview with the BBC's Fergal Keane, Ms Suu Kyi said the polls were not fair but "largely free".
She said there had been "areas of intimidation".