Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she will lead the country behind the scenes, except for one provision in the constitution that prevents her from running for president if her party wins the upcoming general election.
If the November 8 vote is credible, Sookie’s National Democratic League party will win more seats in the country’s parliament, and will be able to control the majority by forming alliances with smaller parties.
“If we win the NLT election and form a government, I will be the head of that government, whether I am president or not,” Sookie told India Today, an Indian television channel. TV in an extensive interview aired Wednesday.
A section of the 2008 constitution states that when the country is under military rule, no foreign national with a wife or children can hold the presidency. This prevents Suu Kyi from going to work because her late husband and two children are British.
This section was widely regarded as a tailor to prevent Sookie, and it was an insurmountable obstacle for her. But her comments showed her clear determination to get around it, and give new impetus to confidence in a more democratic Myanmar.
When asked how he could be a leader without being president, Sookie replied with a smile: “Why not? Do you have to be a president to lead a country?
“I have to be the leader of the NLT government because I am the leader of my party,” he said.
There is no obvious alternative to her party line.
Myanmar, a Buddhist country, began moving towards democracy in 2011 after half a century of military rule. Despite many concerns, including the exclusion of Rohingya Muslims from the process and voter list irregularities, most observers believe next month’s election will be the country’s best opportunity for decades for relatively free and reliable polls.
However, under the constitution, the military would retain 25 percent of the seats in parliament, regardless of the outcome. It will regulate all portfolios related to national security. Therefore, in order for the NLT to be in power, it must win 67 percent of the seats in parliament or in a coalition to gain a simple majority.
Suu Kyi said in an interview that the constitution should be amended to change the seat allocation of the military, a comment she agreed was likely to anger the more powerful military.
Sookie was under house arrest during the 1990 elections, which was thrown out by his party, but the military overturned the decision and refused to hand over power. The following year, she won the Nobel Peace Prize, but the jury closed her home for the next 20 years.
She has plans to reform the constitution, in which she bans the presidency, but does not elaborate.
“I’m not going to tell you about them now,” he said. When asked again if there is a strategy for reforms, he said: “Of course. It can not be a party like ours, with no plan in mind. ”
Following the general election, members of parliament elected by the military and the military will nominate a total of three candidates early next year, after which all legislators vote to elect the president.
Suu Kyi was asked if there was any possibility of the abolition of the citizenship law before the presidential election, to which she replied: “Nothing is possible in politics … I do not reject anything in politics.”