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Myanmar parliament to scrutinise Suu Kyi charter change bid

Published on Aug 11, 2014 9:26 PM
US Secretary of State John Kerry stands next to Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she gestures during a photo session before their meeting at her residence in Yangon on Aug 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NAYPYIDAW (AFP) - Myanmar's parliament could consider a petition by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition calling for an end to the army's veto on amending the constitution in the former junta-ruled nation, the house speaker said Monday.

The campaign has garnered nearly five million signatures and has seen opposition leader Ms Suu Kyi - who is constitutionally barred from becoming president - challenge the military to support altering the charter, which was drawn up under the previous regime.

"Because it's related to the workings of parliament, which listens to the voice of the people, MPs can consider the people's voice," said Mr Shwe Mann, the speaker of parliament's combined houses and leader of the army-backed ruling party.

Mr Shwe Mann was a senior figure in the former junta who shed his uniform to become part of Myanmar's quasi-civilian government that took power in 2011, ending decades of outright military rule.

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