9 Nov 2010

Myanmar pro-democracy parties concede defeat

7:45 pm on 9 November 2010

The two largest pro-democracy parties in Myanmar, also known as Burma, have conceded that they have lost the country's first election in 20 years.

The parties have accused the main military-backed party of manipulating the results.

The National Democratic Force, a breakaway faction from Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, says it won only 16 seats in Yangon and lost all other divisions.

The Democratic Party has also conceded defeat.

Both accused the army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, which are closely aligned with junta supremo Than Shwe, of irregularities.