Political defeat

Aung San Suu Kyi barred from running for president

Tomas Munita/The New York Times

Myanmar’s parliament voted on Tuesday to maintain its military veto, a move that blocks the nation’s opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from running for president and ensures she won’t gain power there. The Myanmar legislature had been considering amendments to the nation’s constitution that would have eased the military’s grip on power. “I am not surprised with the result,” Suu Kyi reportedly said afterward. “Those who didn’t vote for the change have shown they are against change.” Suu Kyi is the leader of the National League for Democracy Party, which has made sweeping advances in recent years and is expected to make more gains in the next election, for which a date has not been set. She spent 15 years under house arrest after the military junta ignored the results of Myanmar’s last free election in 1990. She was released when democracy was reintroduced in 2011.

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