Tuesday, September 18, 2012

News at Eleven: According to Burma's 2008 Constitution,

framed under the previous military junta chief Than Shwe, any Burmese national whose relatives are foreign citizens or hold foreign citizenship is not qualified to serve as president or vice-president.

Aung San Su Kyi's late husband Michael Aris is British and their two sons Alexander Aris, 39, and Kim Aris, 34, whose names were only this month removed from a long-secretive immigration blacklist, are British citizens.

Like the law preventing Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, which many suspect was specifically designed by Than Shwe to clip her political ambitions, there are other key constitutional provisions aimed at keeping the military at the levers of power and blocking the growth of democracy in the once pariah state, rights groups say.

from Radio Free Asia: Suu Kyi's 2015 Dilemma
then Radio Free Asia: Suu Kyi Arrives in US


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