Sunday 20 April 2014

Suu Kyi party to contest elections

Burma's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, (AP)

The party of Burma's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has said it will contest 2015 elections even if the country's constitution barring her from running for president is not amended.

Ms Suu Kyi has said the elections cannot be fair unless the constitution is changed, and many were expecting her National League for Democracy (NLD) to boycott the polls if the document was not amended.

But following a party meeting, NLD spokesman Nyan Win said the party would contest the polls even if the constitution is not changed.

The 2008 constitution was drawn up under Burma's previous military regime to ensure its influence in government.

The NLD considers it undemocratic because of clauses giving the military a mandatory allocation of 25% of parliamentary seats and disqualifying Ms Suu Kyi from running for president.

Press Association

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