Constitutional blocks in Myanmar impede Aung San Suu Kyi’s presidential pursuit

by Tom Gallagher

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 The military lock on the government of Burma, now known as Myanmar, continues. According to the Associated Press, the country’s pariliment voted Thursday against several constitutional amendments aimed at ending the military’s veto power and allowing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi a shot at the presidency.

From the report:  

The legislature ended a 3-day debate on proposed changes to the 2008 constitution, which bars Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, from seeking the presidency and gives the military an effective veto over constitutional amendments.

Changes to both those clauses were rejected in the vote, which was viewed as a final chance to lift obstacles blocking Myanmar's most famous politician from a shot at the presidency in the immediate future. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy is expected to see heavy gains against the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in an election likely to take place by November. No date has been set.

"I am not surprised with the result," Suu Kyi told reporters after the vote. "This makes it very clear that the constitution can never be changed if the military representatives are opposed."

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