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Suu Kyi's opposition party to contest Myanmar election in 2015

Published on Dec 28, 2013 7:59 PM
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Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party vowed on Saturday, Dec 28, 2013, to contest crucial elections in 2015 even if the constitution is not amended first to allow her to become president. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party vowed on Saturday to contest crucial elections in 2015 even if the constitution is not amended first to allow her to become president.

The military-drafted charter blocks anyone whose spouse or children are overseas citizens from leading the country - a clause widely believed to be targeted at the Nobel laureate whose two sons are British.

The constitution also ring-fences a quarter of the seats in parliament for unelected military personnel.

Ms Suu Kyi has repeatedly warned that the charter must be changed to allow democracy to take root in the former junta-ruled country, and there had been speculation her party might even boycott the 2015 parliamentary polls.

 
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