Myanmar on Sunday,leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party settled for a lackluster victory in by-elections for both houses of Parliament.
The Union Election Commission said Sunday that the governing National League for Democracy won 8 seats out of 12 up for grabs in election districts, including Yangon.
The parties led by ethnic minority groups won a total of 3 seats in some election districts. These include Rakhine State, which is plagued by conflict between Muslims and Buddhists, and Shan State, where sporadic ethnic fighting continues.
The Union Solidarity and Development Party, over which the military has traditionally held strong influence, won a seat in Mon State.
Saturday’s by-elections were the first national elections since the NLD took office just one year ago.
Some of these seats became vacant because Myanmar’s lawmakers are barred from holding concurrent cabinet posts. Aung San Suu Kyi lost her seat when she became state counsellor.
The NLD’s results in ethnic minority regions will alarm de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who claims that making peace with ethnic groups is her top priority.