UK says Aung San Suu Kyi rightful Myanmar election winner, calls for her release

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Myanmar citizens hold up a picture of leader Aung San Suu Kyi after the military seized power in a coup in Myanmar, outside United Nations venue in Bangkok

LONDON (Reuters) - Aung San Suu Kyi is the rightful winner of Myanmar's election and she should be released, a British junior foreign minister said on Tuesday, after a military junta seized power in the country.

The Nobel Peace laureate's whereabouts remained unknown more than 24 hours after her arrest in a military takeover that derailed Myanmar's tentative progress towards full democracy.

"The United Kingdom considers the election result to credibly reflect the will of the people and that Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party are the rightful winners of the election," Nigel Adams told parliament.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; writing by Costas Pitas; editing by William James)