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US urges Myanmar to let people choose president

Published on Jun 17, 2014 7:05 AM
 
The US urged Myanmar on Monday to allow its people to freely choose the next president amid a row over a law which would ban opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (above) from running. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US urged Myanmar on Monday to allow its people to freely choose the next president amid a row over a law which would ban opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running.

Since Ms Suu Kyi became a lawmaker two years ago, the former political prisoner-turned-politician has been campaigning to amend the military-drafted constitution that effectively bars her from becoming president of the South-east Asian nation.

She has called on the international community to support her campaign and help prepare what she calls “a fair playing ground” for the 2015 presidential elections.

Ms Suu Kyi appeared on Monday to win implicit backing for her cause from the United States.

 
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