Recommendations to change Myanmar's Constitution
1 Feb ABC News
A parliamentary committee in Myanmar is due to recommend changes to
the constitution which could allow the opposition leader Aung San Suu
Kyi to run for president.
A clause in the Myanmar constitution drafted by the military
government forbids anyone from being president if they have a foreign
spouse or if their children have foriegn citizenship.
The nobel laureate says she wants the job but is currently barred
from the position because her late husband was British and her children
are British citizens.A quarter of the seats in the Myanmar parliament
are appointed by the army.So for an amendment to be passed some of them
will have to vote for it.Earlier this month Myanmar president Thein Sein
gave his backing for ammending the constitution.He said changes could
help national reconciliation, and that he doesn't support laws that bar
anyone from becoming president.
Thein Sein has reportedly said he won't seek a second term in office.