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WSJ: “Myanmar’s Political Elite Gathers, but Questions Unresolved for Suu Kyi”
Myanmar’s key political players on Friday all agreed to amend the military-drafted constitution, the government said, but it wasn’t clear whether the changes would lift provisions that block democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president this year.
Friday’s meeting, the first of its kind, was attended by President Thein Sein, the two speakers of parliament including Shwe Mann, opposition leader Ms. Suu Kyi, the commander-in-chief of the military and a representative of Myanmar’s ethnic minorities.
Some analysts said that despite Ms. Suu Kyi’s entreaties, it is difficult to expect anything more than political theater from the talks.
“Neither the president nor the commander-in-chief has indicated a willingness to see a decreased role for the military in the short term,” said Nyantha Maw Lin, a director at Vriens and Partners Myanmar, a political consultancy.
Even if there is a consensus on changes to the constitution, action on them in time for the election is “itself in doubt,” he said.
By law, any changes to the constitution would require a parliamentary bill and at least the support of one general in the military-heavy Myanmar legislature.
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