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Myanmar Constitution must be changed before 2015 polls: Aung San Suu Kyi

Published on Oct 20, 2013 1:50 AM
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivering a speech during a conference titled "Charity and compassion in Europe" at the UCL university in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, on October 19, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung Suu Kyi on Saturday said the 2015 elections in her country will not be democratic without constitutional changes.

"The Constitution must be amended," the Nobel laureate said as she met European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels. "If the Constitution is not amended, the 2015 election cannot be free or fair."

Myanmar will hold parliamentary polls in 2015, with the new Parliament then choosing a president, and Ms Suu Kyi has said she wants to run for the presidency.

The current Myanmar Constitution, crafted under the former military regime, blocks Ms Suu Kyi from becoming president as it excludes anyone whose spouses or children are foreign nationals from holding the post.

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