President's post unlikely for popular Suu Kyi

San Suu Kyi. -- ST FILE PHOTO

MYANMAR'S opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has worked hard to clear the way for its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to become her country's next president.

It has gathered nearly five million signatures in support of its petition for a change to the Constitution; the charter in its present form bars people with foreign family ties from the top post, and Ms Suu Kyi's late husband and two sons are foreigners.

Last week, the NLD formally asked Parliament to vote to, essentially, remove the army's veto on any change to the charter. It pointed to those signatures as evidence of popular backing for its cause.

But for all its troubles, the NLD is unlikely to succeed.