Myanmar Vote to Retain Aung San Suu Kyi Presidential Ban

BBC – A parliamentary committee in Myanmar (formerly Burma) has voted to retain a constitutional clause barring opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from standing for president.

The clause bans those with non-Burmese partners or children from running. Ms Suu Kyi’s late husband and two children are British citizens.

Parliament must still vote on the ruling before it is final.

Ms Suu Kyi has spent most of the last two decades under house arrest but was released in 2010.

Myanmar President Thein Sein has embarked on a series of political reforms after the country, also known as Burma, went though almost five decades of military rule. However, critics say his reforms have not gone far enough.

The committee – packed with opponents of Ms Suu Kyi’s party – was not expected to vote for a constitutional change that would allow her to stand.

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