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Junta party claims poll victory

The Myanmar military's political proxy claimed victory on Tuesday in the country's widely criticised first election in 20 years, saying it had won about 80% of the seats.

world Updated: Nov 10, 2010 00:12 IST

The Myanmar military's political proxy claimed victory on Tuesday in the country's widely criticised first election in 20 years, saying it had won about 80% of the seats.

The poll has been denounced by Western governments as anything but free and fair and pro-democracy parties who participated have complained of intimidation and “cheating” at polling booths.

“We have won about 80% of the seats. We are glad,” said a senior member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), who did not want to be named.

The vote appeared to have gone according to the junta's plans. There was no official announcement from the junta or election officials on the vote results, but the USDP had been widely expected to sweep the poll given the severe financial, campaigning and other hurdles facing opposition parties.

The USDP was formed by Prime Minister Thein Sein and other former top military officials who shed their uniforms to contest Sunday's election.

With 25% of the seats in parliament reserved for military appointees whatever the outcome, the two main pro-junta parties needed to win just another 26% from the elected seats to secure a majority.

There were also widespread accusations of irregularities on election day.