Suu Kyi: I Want to Be President in 2015

Former political prisoner has grand ambition in Burma
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2013 1:34 PM CDT
Suu Kyi: I Want to Be President in 2015
Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a press conference during the Asian edition of the World Economic Forum in Myanmar.   (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

This would have been unthinkable a scant few years ago—let alone during the 15 years she spent under house arrest—but Aung San Suu Kyi says she wants to be the next president of Burma in 2015, reports Voice of America. "I want to run for president, and I am quite frank about it," said Suu Kyi, who was elected to parliament last year. "If I pretended that I did not want to be president, I would not be honest. And I would rather be honest with my people than otherwise."

Her big hurdle is that the nation's constitution forbids anyone with a spouse or kids who are foreign nationals to be president, a clause that would disqualify her. To get it amended, she would need to persuade at least some leaders of the military, who hold a quarter of the seats in parliament. If successful, Suu Kyi would be elected at age 70 and might oversee an economic boom: One consultancy firm estimates that Burma's economy—rich in natural resources—could quadruple in the next 15 years, assuming the transition to democracy continues and investors aren't scared away, reports the Independent. (More Aung San Suu Kyi stories.)

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