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Suu Kyi's party heads for sweep in Myanmar's historic vote


The party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar appears to be on its way to an election sweep.

   It's claiming victory in virtually every seat in the four states where the results of that country's historic parliamentary election are known. That indicates the party could be on its way to capturing the presidency of the Southeast Asian country, and further loosening the stranglehold that the nation's military has had.

   Even without official results, it's clear that the former junta members who ruled the country for a half-century are facing a rout.

   Capturing the presidency and Parliament would give the party -- the National League for Democracy -- power over legislation, economic policy and foreign relations. But the constitution guarantees that the military will keep control of the ministries of defense, interior and border security.

   The United States congratulated Myanmar on the election but noted that more work remains ahead on the country's road to democracy.

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