Mon, May 19, 2014 - Page 5 News List

Aung San Suu Kyi challenges army over constitution


Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday challenged the nation’s army to help amend the constitution that bars her from running for president in next year’s general elections.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate said that the army is duty-bound to safeguard the country and should not be involved in running the administration.

Her comments during a rally in the second largest city of Mandalay drew loud cheers.

The 2008 constitution framed by the former military rulers gives the army 25 percent of all parliamentary seats, allows it to appoint three Cabinet ministers and affords veto power in changing the constitution.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been reconciling with the military since she was elected to parliament in 2012, possibly so the constitution could be changed before next year’s polls.

The constitution says anyone whose spouse or children owes allegiance to a foreign power cannot become president or vice president. Aung San Suu Kyi’s sons are British nationals.

Several other provisions are also under scrutiny for revision and some proposed changes would strengthen self-government in parts of the country.

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