Reports hint Suu Kyi could become Burma president

NAYPYITAW, Burma - Two pro-government television channels say that "positive results" could come out of negotiations between Burma's military chief and Aung San Suu Kyi on suspending a constitutional clause that prevents her from becoming the president.

See Full Article

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy Party won a landslide victory in the Nov. 8 general elections. But she is barred from becoming president because of the Constitution's Article 59 (f), which says anyone with a foreign spouse or children cannot hold the executive office. Suu Kyi's late husband was British as are her two sons.

In separate but identical broadcasts late Sunday, Sky Net and Myanmar National Television said "positive results could come out on the negotiation for the suspension of the constitution Article 59 (f)."

Suu Kyi has been negotiating with commander-in-chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing on having the clause suspended, which can be legally removed only through a two-thirds vote in Parliament. The military holds 25 per cent of the nominated seats in parliament, which means the NLD cannot scrap the clause on its own.

"I think everything will be fine," Kyaw Htwe, a member of Central Committee of the NLD, told The Associated Press. "The negotiations will be positive for our leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president," said Kyaw Htwe, who is also a member of parliament.

But Yan Myo Thein, a political analyst, advised caution.

"It is still too early to confirm that Suu Kyi will be among the presidential candidate," he said. "Even the suspension and the constitutional amendment will take time. And we cannot really comment relying only on a short announcement on TV," he said.

Suu Kyi has said previously that even if she doesn't become the president she would run the country from behind the scenes. But clearly, the NLD would prefer the 70-year-old icon of democracy to lead the country, having struggled almost all her life for it.

On Friday, a legal advisory committee consisting of experts and members of the lower house was launched, led by Shwe Mann, the former head of the military-tied Union Solidarity and Development Party. One of the few Suu Kyi allies in the defeated ruling party, Shwe Mann is believed to be supportive of a constitutional change.

Although national elections were in November, the president does not take office until March 31 or April 1 because of a long-winded selection process.

The new members of parliament took their oaths of office only this month. Next, they will announce the date of meetings to pick three nominees for the post of president through a vote by all members of parliament. It is not known when the vote will take place.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Puerto Rico awaits foreclosure wave as mortgage moratoriums expire

    World News CTV News
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Aylsa Torres sighed in relief when she received a letter from her bank two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit. She was among the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans awarded a three-month moratorium on their mortgage payments as the U.S. Source
  • Philippine volcano spreads lava three kilometres from crater

    World News CTV News
    LEGAZPI, Philippines - Lava fountaining regularly from the Philippines' most active volcano has flowed up to 3 kilometres from the crater in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption. Mount Mayon has spewed lava up to 600 metres high at times Tuesday and early Wednesday and its ash plumes stretched up to 5 kilometres above the crater. Source
  • Activists rip Kim Jong Un's photo in Olympic protest

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - Anti-Pyongyang activists on Wednesday ripped photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the latest protests in Seoul against South Korea's outreach to North Korea over next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Source
  • D.C. sniper requests hearing to ask for lower sentence

    World News CTV News
    RICHMOND, Va. - A sniper who randomly killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington, D.C., region more than 15 years ago is entitled to a new hearing to ask for a lighter sentence, his lawyer argued Tuesday to a federal appeals court. Source
  • Calgary skydiver killed in California after crash onto roof of home

    World News CBC News
    Authorities have identified a skydiver who died Monday afternoon when he fell onto the roof of a home in Southern California. The Riverside County coroner's bureau says the victim was Aime-Jean St. Hilaire-Adam, a 27-year-old from Calgary. Source
  • Skepticism, worry amid preparation for Rohingya repatriation

    World News CTV News
    YANGON, Myanmar -- Myanmar says it's ready for a gradual repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees chased out by the Buddhist-majority country's military. Bangladesh says it's preparing for the transfer, but it might need more time. Source
  • Philippine volcano spreads lava almost three kilometres from crater

    World News CTV News
    LEGAZPI, Philippines -- Lava fountaining regularly from the Philippines' most active volcano has flowed up to 3 kilometres (1.86 miles) from the crater in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption. Mount Mayon has spewed lava up to 600 metres (2,000 feet) high at times Tuesday and early Wednesday and its ash plumes stretched up to 5 kilometres (3 miles) above the crater. Source
  • 'So glad that you're here': MMIW inquiry begins in Yellowknife

    Canada News CTV News
    After a year of struggles, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls resumed Tuesday in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. “I’m so glad that you’re here,” Dean Meyer, whose daughter went missing in 2010, said on the first of three days of hearings. Source
  • Conservative MP Kellie Leitch won't run in 2019

    Canada News CBC News
    Conservative MP Kellie Leitch will not seek re-election in 2019, CBC News has confirmed. Leitch, who represents the Ontario riding of Simcoe–Grey, made a failed bid for the party's leadership last year. More to come Source
  • Girl tortured with siblings was bullied, frail: classmate

    World News CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- The oldest of the 13 California siblings who authorities said were imprisoned by their parents was frail, smelly and picked on as a grade school student in Texas, one of her classmates said in a heart-wrenching Facebook post. Source