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Myanmar panel deals blow to Aung San Suu Kyi's chances of becoming president

Published on Jun 13, 2014 3:09 PM
 
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks during the opening ceremony at the central committee meeting for the National League for Democracy (NLD) at a restaurant in Yangon on June 7, 2014. Ms Suu Kyi's hopes of becoming Myanmar's president next year have been dealt a blow when a parliamentary committee voted not to change a constitutional clause that bars her from the post, two of the panel members said on Friday, June 13, 2014.

YANGON (Reuters) - Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's hopes of becoming Myanmar's president next year have been dealt a blow when a parliamentary committee voted not to change a constitutional clause that bars her from the post, two of the panel members said on Friday.

The committee tasked with recommending amendments opted to retain the section that prevents anyone married to a foreigner or with children of foreign citizenship from becoming head of state.

The two sources declined to be identified and did not say why the proposal was rejected by 26 of the 31 panelists.

Most experts believe the clause, 59 (f), was written into the military-drafted 2008 Constitution specifically to sideline Ms Suu Kyi, who became a global icon for her fight against military rule, most of it from house arrest. Her late husband was British, as are her two sons.

 
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