Suu Kyi’s Presidential Bid Not Dead Yet: NLD


Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi smiles before delivering the annual Godkin Lecture at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Sept. 27, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

MANDALAY — There is still hope for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president, her National League for Democracy (NLD) party says, after a parliamentary committee said it would not endorse amendments to a constitutional article that currently blocks her from the post.

The Constitutional Amendment Implementation Committee, tasked with making recommendations to Parliament before lawmakers vote on amendments, says it believes there should be no change to Article 59(F), which bars Suu Kyi from Burma’s top post.

But lawmakers are not bound to follow the committee’s recommendations, meaning that Suu Kyi’s presidential bid is not dead yet.

“According to law, Parliament has to make a decision about this amendment, with votes from the parliamentarians,” party spokesman Nyan Win told The Irrawaddy.

“Since the decision [not to endorse an amendment] was made only by the committee, it is too early for us to comment. We need to wait and see the decision of the Parliament and the parliamentarians.”

On June 6, only five members of the 31-member Constitutional Amendment Implementation Committee voted to endorse changes to Article 59(f), according to a committee member from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

The committee comprises seven unelected military lawmakers, 15 USDP lawmakers, two NLD lawmakers and eight lawmakers from other political parties.

Article 59(F) is controversial because it states that a president cannot have a spouse or children who are foreign nationals. Suu Kyi’s two sons from her marriage to the late scholar Michael Aris are British nationals.

4 Responses to Suu Kyi’s Presidential Bid Not Dead Yet: NLD

  1. Appeasement was never a very clever policy.

  2. Why can’t Suu Kyi’s kids just apply for myanmarese citizenship?

  3. Any Conbstitution should not violate human rights and universal nroms.
    Present 2008 ( Nargis, hurry burry ) con stitution is violating peoples birth rights ( Basic Human Rights ) how can UN allow such kind of country to be a member state of United Nations.

    The question is that 25% military peosonals are in un elected members of present parliament. From the begining of this drawn constitution previous junta leader purposely construed this constitution to barr ASSK not to become Head of State in Burma ( Myanmar ), so its violate the peoples basic rights. And the constitutioin referandum was taken in place at the time of abnormal period in Burma ( Myanmar )that is cyclone Nargis desustrous period.

  4. So happy this section #59 is not going to be changed…I don’t agree with changing this just for ASSK…
    What if, in the future, there’s a presidential candidate married to an indian or chinese or rohingya; then are most burmese going to re-institute the constitution? this needs to be a long term solution

    I’m all for changing the military voting representation (#436)…

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