Nyein Chan Naing / EPA
Aung San Suu Kyi is kissed by a voter as she visits a polling station to observe voting in her constituency of Kawmhu township in parliamentary by-elections in Myanmar, April 1. Voters lining up to vote flocked to greet the democracy icon running for her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
Suu Kyi, who has spent a total of 15 years in detention since 1989, was contesting an election for the first time following her party's decision to end its boycott of a political system dominated by serving or retired military.
The by-elections - only the country's third in half a century - are a crucial test of reforms that could convince the West to end sanctions and its pariah image.
-- Reported by msnbc.com staff and news services
Altaf Qadri / AP
Election officials work inside a poorly lit polling station early morning before starting balloting in Wah Thin Kha, Myanmar, April 1. Myanmar held a landmark election Sunday that was expected to send democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi into parliament for her first public office since launching her decades-long struggle against the military-dominated government.
Damir Sagolj / Reuters
Supporters celebrate as some results are shown on the screen in front of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy head office in Yangon, April 1.
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