Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Suu Kyi camp claims near clean sweep
NLD officials call by-elections a victory for all the country's peopleAung San Suu Kyi mobbed by supporters after the elections
- ucanews.com reporters, Mandalay and Kawhmu
- April 2, 2012
According to party spokesman Han Thar Myint, the NLD has won 43 out of 45 seats due to be contested in yesterdayâ€™s polls. One result in northern Shan State is too early to call, while a candidate in one other seat was not qualified to take part.
â€śWe are overjoyed the NLD has won most of the seats,â€ť Han Thar Myint told ucanews.com today.
Official results are expected later this week.
Party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who easily won her seat in Kawhmu constituency, today called the polls a victory for the people of Myanmar.
â€śThis is the peopleâ€™s victory â€¦. We won through a combination of peopleâ€™s spirit and strength. From today onwards, we must not think about the win but instead we must start to work [towards reconciliation],â€ť she said in a short speech outside the NLD Party headquarters in Yangon.
In Mandalay, thousands of supporters gathered in front of the NLDâ€™s office, waving party flags and hailing Suu Kyi. Others drover through the cityâ€™s streets until late at night honking horns in celebration.
Rival candidates congratulated the unofficial winners and described the polls as being free and fair.
U Than Tun, a candidate from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) who fought for the Maharaungmyae seat in Mandalay told ucanews.com today that he had no complaints about the results.
â€śI would like to congratulate the NLD on its victory. It was a fair election and the competition was very tough,â€ť he said, adding he hoped that the new MPs would enter parliament and all work to help develop the country and its people.
The NLD had voiced concerns before the polls over voter list irregularities and intimidation of candidates. The polls are a key test of the countryâ€™s political reforms and could pave the way for the easing of Western sanctions.
Yesterday U Ohn Kyaing, the chief party spokesperson and unofficial NLD winner in Maharaungmyae said that â€śsome 1,000 people couldnâ€™t cast their ballots as their IDs card numbers were wrong.â€ť
U Myo Chit, the chairman of the local Election Commission admitted to ucanews.com that some voters were unable to cast their ballots because of administrative errors.
â€śItâ€™s was great so many people wanted to vote. But Iâ€™m sorry that some couldnâ€™t cast their ballots as there were some voter lists problems, which probably were a result from our mistakes,â€ť he said.