Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi makes victory speech



YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi says she hopes her victory in a landmark election will mark the beginning of a new era for Myanmar.

Suu Kyi spoke to thousands of supporters Monday outside her opposition party headquarters, a day after her party claimed she had won a parliamentary seat in closely watched by-elections.

Suu Kyi called the election “a triumph of the people” and said “we hope this will be the beginning of a new era.”

Official results have not yet been released.

If confirmed, the victory would mark a major milestone in the Southeast Asian nation that is emerging from a ruthless era of military rule and also an astonishing reversal of fortune for a woman who became one of the world’s most prominent prisoners of conscience.