Aung San Suu Kyi unlikely to become president of Myanmar

Parliment will today accelerate the process of selecting Myanmar’s next president, with the National League for Democracy having all but given up on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi being able to lead the incoming government.

The party had previously set March 17 as the deadline for parliament to nominate three presidential candidates, one of whom will become president. According to today’s parliamentary agenda the date will change, with some suggestions that nominees could be announced as soon as March 9.

The March 17 deadline was later than expected, and appeared to be an attempt to buy more time to negotiate with the military on the constitution.

But events in recent weeks have made clear to the NLD that the military isunwilling to consider amendment or suspension of section 59(f), which bars Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency. A meeting with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on February 17 was tense and ended without any major agreement.

“We took time in the hope that we could negotiate with the military to suspend section 59(f),” a senior party official said yesterday. “But now we accept that this can’t happen so we have given up on this plan. We’re reverting to our previous plan, which was to nominate a proxy president instead of Daw Aung San San Suu Kyi.”

-more at Myanmar Times

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