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BRIDGETOWN---Barbados is the
latest Caribbean country to be hit with
a travel advisory because of crime.
In a security message for American
citizens, the Embassy based in
Bridgetown today advised of "a recent
surge in robberies involving the use of
firearms and high levels of violence."
"These robberies were directed
against local businesses with multiple
employees that pay salaries in cash,
for example construction sites, bars,
and convenience stores. Criminals are
targeting these establishments on
Friday afternoons and evenings when
most businesses of this type pay their
staff. In all reported cases, the
criminals wielded firearms," the notice
said. It pointed out specific incidents,
including: a mugging in the South
Coast community of Hastings, in
which multiple assailants violently
attacked pedestrians strolling after
dark before escaping in a waiting
vehicle, noting that "it is not the first
mugging of this type in the
neighbourhood"; reports of men
posing as maintenance workers to
gain access to homes, mostly in the
Pine Gardens area, a residential
neighbourhood near the US Embassy.
US issues travel alert to citizens on crime in Barbados
Myanmar s ruling party conceded
defeat yesterday in a general election
as the opposition led by democracy
figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi
appeared on course for a landslide
victory that could ensure it forms
the next government.
"We lost," Union Solidarity and
Development Party (USDP) acting
chairman Htay Oo told Reuters a day
after the Southeast Asian country s
first free nationwide election in a
quarter of a century.
By late afternoon yesterday, vendors
outside the headquarters of the
National League for Democracy (NLD)
in Yangon were selling red T-shirts
with Suu Kyi s face and the words
The election commission was
announcing the results of Sunday s
election as they trickled in, con-
stituency by constituency. Suu Kyi s
party won 49 of the first 54 seats
declared for the lower house, where
330 seats were contested.
The keenly watched vote was
Myanmar s first general election since
its long-ruling military ceded power
to President Thein Sein s quasi-civil-
ian government in 2011, ushering in
a period of reform and opening up
to foreign investment.
The NLD said its own tally of
results posted at polling stations
around the country showed it was
on track to win more than 70 per
cent of the seats being contested in
parliament, above the two-thirds
threshold it needs to form Myanmar s
first democratically elected govern-
ment since the early 1960s. "They
must accept the results, even though
they don t want to," NLD spokesman
Win Htein told Reuters, adding that
in the populous central region, the
Nobel peace laureate s party looked
set to take more than 90 per cent of
Reuters was not able to independ-
ently verify the party s own estimates
of its performance.
Traffic squeezed at a walking pace
through the jubilant crowd outside
the NLD headquarters. Hundreds of
people, many sporting the party s
colour of red and a peacock logo,
waved flags and cheered as results
were announced and projected onto
a screen hung from the building.
"I m very happy about the result,"
said Hnin Si, 60, a trader in Yangon.
"The people have suffered for 50
years. I believe Aung San Suu Kyi will
make the country a better place."
The election was a landmark in
Myanmar s unsteady journey to
democracy from the military dicta-
torship that made the former Burma
a pariah state for so long.
It is also a moment that Suu Kyi
will relish after spending years under
house arrest following Myanmar s
1990 election, when the NLD won
a landslide victory that was ignored
by the junta.
This time, the ruling party, which
was created by the former junta and
is led by retired military officers, as
well as the chief of the armed forces
have pledged to respect the result.
But although the election appears
to have dealt a decisive defeat to the
USDP, a period of uncertainty still
looms because it is not clear how Suu
Kyi will share power easily with the
The junta-drafted constitution
guarantees one-quarter of parlia-
ment s seats to unelected members
of the military and allows the com-
mander-in-chief to nominate the
head of three powerful ministries:
interior, defence and border securi-
ty.Even if the NLD gets the majority
it needs, Suu Kyi is barred from taking
the presidency herself under the con-
stitution, written by the junta to pre-
serve its power. Suu Kyi has said she
will be the power behind the new
president, regardless of a charter she
has derided as "very silly." (Reuters)
Suu Kyi by a landslide
Myanmar ruling party concedes...
Buddhist monks join supporters of Myanmar's National League for Democracy party as they wait for election results to be posted outside the NLD headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar, yesterday.
With tremendous excitement and hope, millions of citizens voted Sunday in Myanmar's historic general election that will test whether the military's long-standing grip on power can be loosened,
with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party expected to secure an easy victory. AP PHOTOS
Aung San Suu Kyi
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