BBC <||> Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she hopes Sunday’s by-elections mark the start of a new era in Burma.
Calling the polls a “triumph of the people”, she said the goal now was reconciliation with other parties.
Official results are expected later this week but Ms Suu Kyi’s party says she easily won in her seat and expects more gains elsewhere.
Although the vote is seen as a key test of political reform, the army and its allies still dominate the parliament.
The by-elections were being held to fill 45 parliamentary seats left vacant by the appointment of ministers after the polls that formally ended military rule in November 2010. There are 664 seats in parliament altogether.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was competing in its first elections since 1990, after boycotting the 2010 polls. It was one of 17 opposition parties that took part.
‘Triumph of people’
Ms Suu Kyi’s comments came as she addressed a crowd of supporters outside NLD headquarters in Rangoon, Burma’s commercial capital.
“It is not so much our triumph as a triumph of the people who have decided that they have to be involved in the political process in this country,” she said. “We hope this is the beginning of a new era.”