Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s 70-year-old opposition leader, says she will be the supreme power in the country if her party wins in the historic elections coming up there this weekend — despite a clause in the country’s constitution that bars her from assuming the nation’s highest office. “I’ll be above the president,” Suu Kyi told a gathering of hundreds reporters on Thursday. She spoke at a lakeside villa where she spent years under house arrest. “It’s a very simple message. I’ll make all the proper and important decisions,” she vowed. “I will run the government.” Suu Kyi explained how she’d finesse the legal pitfalls of what she was proposing by saying, “The constitution says nothing about being ‘above the president.'” The elections, being held on Sunday, are widely seen as Myanmar’s best chance to hold a legitimate vote in more than 50 years. Even before a 1962 coup, dissenters were suppressed in the the country, which has now been under military rule for more than half a century.
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