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article imageDemocracy leader Suu Kyi targets Myanmar presidency

By Leo Reyes     Jun 6, 2013 in Politics
Democracy activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi admitted she intends to run for president of Myanmar in the 2015 presidential elections but there are hurdles she has to take before a final decision can be made.
Last year, Suu Kyi won a parliamentary seat in a by-election called to fill up parliamentary seats vacated by members of parliament who joined the cabinet of President Thein Sein following the formation of a civilian government.
Thein Sein's civilian government has surprised many western countries with its reformist actions which include the relaxation on media, labor reforms, release of political prisoners and liberalized rules on freedom of assembly.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum on Asia, Suu Kyi said the country's military-installed constitution needs to be amended to allow her to run for president.
"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.
"If I pretended that I didn't want to be president I wouldn't be honest," she added.
Myanmar's present constitution prohibits a person seeking the presidency whose spouses or children are citizens of other countries from leading the country.
At least 75 percent of the members of the parliament must vote in favor of the amendment to this constitutional provision to allow Suu Kyi to run. A referendum may be called before the 2015 election to amend some provisions of the constitution, including the qualifications of candidates for public office.
Suu Kyi's was married to a foreigner and her two sons hold British passports.
Suu Kyi said her party will work for the amendment of the constitution. "I don't believe in indulging in optimism. Let me put it this way. I've always said hope has to be backed up by endeavor.
"So, rather than being optimistic or hoping that the constitution will be amended we're going to work for the constitution to be amended."
Suu Kyi swept her National League for Democracy ( NLD) party to victory in an election held two decades ago but the military regime did not allow her to take her post as the nation's Prime Minister. Instead, she was put on house arrest for most of the past 20 years since winning the election by landslide.
After her election to the parliament, Suu Kyi traveled to the US and Europe to seek support for the economic development of Myanmar under the new dispensation. Her call drew positive response from western leaders and private investors.
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