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Myanmar's NLD party to contest 2015 elections

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Myanmar's main opposition National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi will take part in the country's next parliamentary elections scheduled for 2015, the party's spokesman Nyan Win said Saturday.

"To be exact, we will definitely run in 2015 election," Nyan Win said after a meeting of the party's central executive committee.

In Myanmar, the president is elected by members of parliament, not by the general population. The 2008 Constitution, drafted by the former military regime, bars Suu Kyi from holding the office of president.

Recent reports have suggested that the NLD would boycott the elections due to Suu Kyi, who has expressed interest in becoming the country's next president, being barred from the top post.

Some political observers believe the NLD, which has led the country's efforts for democratic reform, could take power in the 2015 elections.

==Kyodo

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/131228/myanmars-nld-party-contest-2015-elections