Suu Kyi Would be ‘Above President’

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Yangon: Myanmar opposition leader and democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi has said that if her party National League for Democracy wins the polls in Myanmar she would be ‘above the president’.  The NLD is widely expected to do well in the election, but Ms Suu Kyi is banned from taking the role of president by the constitution.

The BBC’s Jonah Fisher in Yangon says her comment was her strongest assertion yet that she intends to govern anyway. The elections will be Myanmar’s first openly contested polls in 25 years. More than 90 parties are standing in the first national elections since a nominally civilian government took power in the country, also known as Burma, in 2011.

Ms Suu Kyi told the news conference in Yangon (Rangoon), her last before polls open: “If we win and the NLD forms a government I will be above the president. It’s a very simple message.” She said there was nothing in the constitution which prevented this. Clause 58 in Myanmar’s constitution, however, states that the president “takes precedence over all other persons” in the country.

Ms Suu Kyi cannot be president herself as the constitution bars candidates with foreign spouses or children. Her two sons hold British passports.

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