Myanmar President Thein Sein backs constitutional amendment
Published on Jan 2, 2014 2:07 PM
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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