Suu Kyi confirms presidential ambition
- Published: 6/06/2013 at 01:49 PM
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NYA PYI TAW - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday that she wanted to lead the country after the next election due in 2015.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the set of a TV show on the sidelines of the 22nd World Economic Forum on East Asia at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Nay Pyi Taw on June 6, 2013. (AFP photo)
"I want to run for president and I'm quite frank about it," the veteran democracy activist told delegates at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in the capital.
"But if I pretended that I didn't want to be president, I wouldn't be honest, and I would rather be honest with my people.
Mrs Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest, has sought closer ties with the military since joining parliament last year as she pushes for a constitutional change that would allow her to lead one of Asias poorest countries. President Thein Sein's move to democracy since 2010 elections prompted the United States and European Union to ease sanctions, attracting companies such as Google Inc, General Electric and Norway's Telenor ASA.
Mrs Suu Kyi, 67, is ineligible to become head of state because the constitution says the president and two vice presidents can't have a child who is the citizen of a foreign country, and her two sons are British citizens. The constitution automatically grants the military a quarter of seats in parliament.
Since amendments need more than 75% of votes to pass, the military effectively can veto any changes. Amendments to certain sections, including the one that bars Mrs Suu Kyi from the presidency, also need a referendum.
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