Aung San Suu Kyi's party to contest 2015 elections in Burma

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (Reuters)

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (Reuters)

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party says it will contest 2015 elections even if the country's Constitution barring her from running for president is not amended.

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

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

As it stands, Burma's Constitution prevents anyone whose spouse or children are overseas citizens from leading the country, and Suu Kyi's two sons with her late husband Michael Aris are British.

Following a party meeting on Saturday, spokesperson Nyan Win said the National League for Democracy 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. – Sapa


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