Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Can Aung San Suu Kyi Become Myanmar's President?

Reuters reports that the Myanmar Constitution may foil Aung San Suu Kyi's plans to become the country's next president in the general election in 2015.  According to the report, the Myanmar Constitution "bars anyone married to a foreigner or who has childrens who are foreign citizens.  Suu Kyi and her late husband, the British academic Michael Aris, had two children who are British."

Section 59(f) of the Myanmar Constitution requires that the president and vice-president

shall he himself, one of the parents, the spouse, one of the legitimate children or their spouses not owe allegiance to a foreign power, not be subject of a foreign power or citizen of a foreign country.  They shall not be persons entitled to enjoy the rights and privileges of a subject of a foreign government or citizen of a foreign country.

The provision was apparently included to exclude Suu Kyi from the presidency.  

It also seems that an amendment is unlikely.  Section 436(a) requires a 75% vote in parliament, where current and former military have a lock, and a majority in a national referendum.  


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