Madame Prez?

After negotiations, Aung San Suu Kyi could become president after all

Aung San Suu Kyi gestures towards supporters before a campaign rally in November, 2015. (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

According to two pro-government TV channels, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi might soon become the president of Myanmar after “positive” talks between the military chief and Suu Kyi about lifting a constitutional clause that prevents her from taking executive office. While Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a large majority in the November elections and recently took their seats in Parliament, Suu Kyi is barred from becoming president by the Constitution’s Article 59 (f) which stipulates that anyone with a foreign spouse or children cannot be president. Suu Kyi’s late husband was British and so are her two sons. The NLD cannot remove this clause by itself. It would take a two-thirds majority in parliament to do so, and the military still holds 25% of the seats in parliament. While negotiations are underway between Suu Kyi and commander-in-chief General Min Aung Hlaing, Yan Myo Thein, a political analyst, said it was far from a done deal.  “It is still too early to confirm that Suu Kyi will be among the presidential candidates,” he told The Guardian. “Even the suspension and the constitutional amendment will take time. And we cannot really comment relying only on a short announcement on TV,” he said. While the NLD would of course prefer Suu Kyi, the icon of the opposition against the military regime, to become president herself, she has already made it clear that even if it doesn’t happen she will run the country through a proxy candidate.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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