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Myanmar President Thein Sein backs constitutional amendment

Published on Jan 2, 2014 2:07 PM
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Myanmar President Thein Sein delivers his speech to the media during his visit at the Malacanang Presidential Palace in Manila Dec 5, 2013. Myanmar's leader lent his support to reform of the country's junta-era constitution, indicating he would back changes to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

YANGON (AFP) - On Thursday, Myanmar's leader lent his support to reform of the country's junta-era constitution, indicating he would back changes to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president.

Thein Sein, a former general who has won international praise for dramatic reforms since he became president in 2011, said lively debate about revising the charter showed increasing "political maturity".

"I believe that a healthy constitution must be amended from time to time to address the national, economic, and social needs of our society," he said in a speech published in the English-language New Light Of Myanmar newspaper.

He said he supported amending provisions which exclude anyone whose spouse or children are overseas citizens from becoming president - a clause widely believed to be targeted at Suu Kyi whose two sons are British.

 
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