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Myanmar opposition seeks constitutional change on presidency bid

Iran Press TV

Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:36PM GMT

Myanmar's opposition has called on the parliament to ignore those parts of the constitution that prohibit the opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, from running for president.

Myanmar should scrap the controversial constitutional charter that omits those with foreign spouses or children from becoming president, the spokesman of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Win Myint, said during the first day of open debate on the issue in parliament on Thursday.

NLD leader, Suu Kyi, is predicted to post big gains at elections scheduled for October or November next year.

However, her two sons and late husband are British, an issue which effectively excludes her as a presidential contender under Clause 59F of the constitution.

"How can there be a fair election if the competitors are ensnared?" the opposition spokesman stated.

Members of parliament have begun a debate on whether to amend the 2008 constitution, including Clause 59F and the rule reserving 25 percent of seats for the military.

More than 75 percent of Myanmar lawmakers are needed to change the constitution, effectively giving the final decision to the country's military bloc.

Myanmar's constitution was drawn up by the former ruling generals. There has recently been growing concern that reforms have come to a halt.

Meanwhile, the NLD party has gained around five million signatures, or 10 percent of the population, on a petition to end the army's veto on amending the constitutional charter.

Aung San Suu Kyi spent 15 years under house arrest during the military rule in Myanmar. She has announced her intention to run for president.


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