Policies, promises, committed campaigning and the charisma of Myanmar/Burma's pro-democracy leader, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, have all been pivotal to the landslide win for her party in the country's by-elections for Parliament.
Thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate the NLD Party (The National League of Democracy) winning all but one of the 45 vacant seats. Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Ms Suu Kyi won the seat of Kawhmu in the south of the country's commercial capital Yangon. Foreign ministers gathering at the ASEAN Summit (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) welcomed the victory.
The win puts hope for democracy firmly back on the agenda and just weeks after a visit by British Foreign Minister William Hague. Ms Suu Kyi was under house arrest as a political prisoner for 15 years up until 2008. The election is seen as a step in clearing the way her to enter parliament which could then prompt other countries to end sanctions.