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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.

 

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