Suu Kyi as President

Children in the NLD Headquarter. Photo: Håvard Kleppa
Children in the NLD Headquarter. Photo: Håvard Kleppa


– I want to run for president and I’m quite frank about it, said Aung San Suu Kyi  during the World Economic Forum on East Asia in the country’s capital of Naypyitaw. – If I pretended that I didn’t want to be president I wouldn’t be honest, she added.

Aung San  Suu Kyi is admired in a nation being transformed by a nominally civilian government that succeeded decades of military rule. Her National League for Democracy party won almost every seat in last year’s by-elections, and photos of her are hung in houses even in remote villages across the country.

Change the Constitution
For now, Ms. Suu Kyi is not allowed to become the president. She was marriod to the Briton Michael Harris, and both her sons are British. But the reformist government is positive to change the Constitution. To change the Constitution, more than 75% of the votes in Parliament are needed. The Military has 25% of the seats.

In recent months, Ms. Suu Kyi has been criticized by human-rights groups contending that her presidential ambitions deter her from speaking out against the country’s deadly violence between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims.

Tension between the two religious groups has gradually spread from western Rakhine state across other areas, leaving hundreds dead and thousands of Muslims displaced.


– Nobody seems to be very satisfied with me because I am not taking sides, Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday. I do not want to aggravate the situation by saying one community is wrong or another community is wrong,she added later to journalists.

The opposition leader says the rule of law and ensuring security for all citizens are key to solving Myanmar’s ethnic and religious tension. She has stressed adhering to international human-rights norms. Last week, Aung San Suu Kyi criticized a proposed policy by local leaders in Rakhine to create a limit of two children on Rohingya Muslims.

Suu Kyi, who was herself locked up by the former military government for a total of 15 years, remains hugely popular in Myanmar and her National League for Democracy party is widely expected to win the elections if they are free and fair.




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