Myanmar moots changing constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

Myanmar President Thein Sein (L) greets Aung San Suu Kyi, chairman of National League for Democracy (NLD) and lower house member of Parliament, prior to their meeting at the persident's office in Naypyidaw, on October 31, 2014Myanmar’s parliament will consider amending the country’s constitution — which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president — ahead of crucial elections next year, an official said Friday. Suu Kyi is trying to change key sections of Myanmar’s charter ahead of 2015 polls that are widely expected to be won by her National League for Democracy (NLD), if they are free and fair, after decades of disastrous military rule. The move to moot constitutional reform was discussed during unprecedented talks between President Thein Sein and his political rivals, including Suu Kyi, as well as top army brass and election officials. The NLD has focused on altering a provision in the constitution that ensures the military in the former junta-ruled nation has a veto on any amendment to the charter.

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