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Apr 03, 2012 at 08:06am IST

It is the victory of the people: Aung San Suu Kyi on Myanmar

Yangon: It may be the start of a new era in Myanmar as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party the National League for Democracy swept the elections. But will the Military Junta, give up power?

A day after the historic elections, Suu Kyi who told her cheering fans that the victory in the Myanmar polls was their triumph.

Suu Kyi said, "Not so much our triumph. It's a triumph of all the people who participated."

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party is claiming it has won each and every one of the 44 seats it contested. While that clean sweep is still to be confirmed officially by the election commission, it is clear the results are marking the dawn of a new era in Myanmar that has seen military rule for more than 50 years. And Suu Kyi, along with her party members will now sit in parliament with many of the men who subjected her to 15 years of house arrest.

But for the government, and the army, Suu Kyi's win could also be a boon with the US and EU considering lifting years of stringent sanctions if these elections are certified as free.

For India, the win means a process of reconciliation between Myanmar's rulers and its democracy icon.

Aung San Suu Kyi told CNN-IBN that she also looks forward to visiting India, where she went to college, and meet with old friends after this win.

And while the celebrations don't stop for her supporters, she says the fight for democracy is far from over.