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Suu Kyi hopeful on ending Myanmar presidency ban

Published on Jan 27, 2013 6:09 AM
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, arrives at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Suu Kyi is flying to Hawaii to accept a peace award. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Myanmar opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi has voiced confidence that the country's powerful military will support changes to the constitution that would allow her to become president.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who spent most of two decades under house arrest until recent reforms, said she was hopeful that parliament will approve constitutional revisions even though the army controls a vital number of seats.

"I am not unduly worried by it. I think that the members of our military, like the rest of our nation, would like to see Burma a happier, stronger, more harmonious country," she said, referring to Myanmar by its former name.

"Because of that, I do not rule out the possibility of amendment through negotiated compromise," Suu Kyi said Friday at the East-West Center on a visit to the US Pacific state of Hawaii.

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