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Thousands in Myanmar rally for change in charter that bars Suu Kyi

Published on May 17, 2014 6:13 PM
 
Supporter hold a portrait of Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she delivers a speech calling for the amendment of the 2008 Constitution at a rally in Boseinman Stadium in Yangon, on May 17, 2014. Thousands of people joined a rally in Myanmar's main city on Saturday to call for changes to a military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

YANGON (AFP) - Thousands of people joined a rally in Myanmar's main city on Saturday to call for changes to a military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.

The former political prisoner-turned-politician has been campaigning to amend the charter since she became a lawmaker two years ago.

The 2008 constitution 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.

It also ring-fences a quarter of the seats in parliament for unelected military personnel, leaving the army with a significant political role despite the end of outright junta rule.

 
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