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Suu Kyi says she wants to be president of Myanmar

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Bangkok, Jun 6 (EFE).- Opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi confirmed on Thursday that she would like to become president of Myanmar.

"If I pretended that I didn't want to be president, I wouldn't be honest and I would rather be honest with my people than otherwise," Suu Kyi said in a speech she gave before the World Economic Forum in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar.

The activist and head of the National League for Democracy, the main opposition organization, said: "I want to run for president and I'm quite frank about it," according to Myanmar TV4.

The next elections are scheduled for 2015.

Suu Kyi and 33 other lawmakers from the NLD took their seats in Parliament in May 2012, a month after the party's sweeping victory in the legislative elections.

The major obstacle to Suu Kyi's becoming president is Myanmar's current constitution, which was drafted during the defunct military regime.

The charter establishes that any Myanmar citizen with a foreign spouse or children is excluded from the possibility of becoming the head of state.

Suu Kyi is the widow of a British citizen and her two sons carry British passports.

The NLD says that one of its priorities is to amend the constitution, which it considers to be anti-democratic.

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