Suu Kyi seeks support for charter change

 15 Jun 2014 - 0:21

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (left) and Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav shake hands during a meeting at the Office of the President in Kathmandu yesterday. 

KATHMANDU: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the international community yesterday to support her campaign to change a military-drafted constitution that bars her from becoming president, and help prepare “a fair playing ground” for elections next year.
The former political prisoner-turned-politician has been campaigning to amend the charter since she became a lawmaker two years ago. The 2008 constitution blocks anyone whose spouse or children are overseas citizens from leading the country — a clause widely believed to be targeted at the Nobel laureate, whose two sons are British.
In a speech to Nepal’s parliament on Saturday, Suu Kyi said she wanted to participate in “genuine democratic elections, not just free but fair”. “Fair elections mean a fair playing ground,” she added, explaining her campaign to change Myanmar’s charter, which also reserves a quarter of seats in parliament for unelected military personnel.
“The movement for constitutional amendment is gaining ground,” she said. “It is very important that all our friends from all over the world keep aware of the developments in Burma and aware of the fact there are those who are trying to divert attention from genuine political needs.”