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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is due to depart France for home on Wednesday, having canvased international support for her agenda of constitutional change in Burma. The weeklong trip included Germany and France, and was her third visit to Europe since 2012.
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Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is discussing Myanmar’s future with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, a city Suu Kyi describes as a symbol of success in achieving unity.
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The chief of Burma’s national election commission has defended the involvement of the army in politics as necessary to prevent a military coup, while also pledging to ban campaign methods used by the main opposition party during the previous by-election.
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National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has offered to help nearly 300 families from Yangon’s Mayangone Township who say they are the victims of a land-grab for a real estate project.
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Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a joint press conference with Burma’s Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann on Wednesday in which she said they were waiting for President Thein Sein to respond to a request to discuss constitutional reforms with him and Commander-in-Chief Minh Aung Hlaing.
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The isolation of the Tatmadaw from society is because of the special privileges members of the military receive under the constitution, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said.
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Aung San Suu Kyi said over the weekend that the government must respect and protect its citizens from threats posed by illegal immigration, while also urging “harmonious” coexistence with people of all nationalities in Burma.
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Burma’s main opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with President Thein Sein at his home on Sunday, according to a National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman.
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Over the past three years, President Thein Sein has met opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi five times in Nay Pyi Taw, most recently on Sunday. As with the previous meetings, the details of what the leaders discussed on the weekend were kept secret. So the media and the public were deprived of some very important information.
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Burma’s biggest opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), says it will hold its first nationwide youth congress in late April.
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Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), and a major group of former students who led the country’s 1988 uprising have agreed to work together toward constitutional reform before elections next year.
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Hundreds gathered in central Burma’s Mandalay on Sunday demanding abolition of Article-59(f) of the 2008 Constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency.
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Given how rapidly things have changed in Burma, the country also known as Myanmar, it’s tempting to see further reforms as inevitable. They’re not.
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A committee evaluating changes to Myanmar’s constitution found resistance to opening the door for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to assume the presidency, underscoring the hurdles to her political ambitions.
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A new Hluttaw committee to implement constitutional changes suggested by the former, Joint Parliamentary Constitution Review Committee, has been announced.
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Section 59(f) of the 2008 constitution, which stipulates the requirements to become president, should not be changed, several speakers at a public event organized by Myanmar National Network said.
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Civil servants and students in Chin State were instructed by regional authorities not to show public support or welcome Aung San Suu Kyi during this week’s tour of the remote western Burma state, according to a National League for Democracy (NLD) party official.
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Myanmar parliament speaker U Shwe Mann has called for thoughtful review of the 2008-state constitution, saying that the amendment should not harm the current stability, peace making process and democratic transition, state media reported Friday.
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As Burma’s ruling party faces growing pressure from the public and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to amend the Constitution ahead of the 2015 elections, the United States Ambassador has expressed support for changing the charter’s controversial Article 59 (f), which he called “a relic from the past.”
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There was good news last week in Myanmar when President Thein Sein stated his support for changing the nation’s Constitution to allow “any citizen,” including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Prize-winning democracy advocate, to run for the presidency in the 2015 elections.
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