Suu Kyi faults parliamentary panel's move denting presidential bid

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday hit out at Myanmar's military-dominated parliament for retaining a constitutional clause that would bar her from running for president.

"I do believe the Constitution was written with me in mind. That is a huge compliment. It is however unacceptable, democratically speaking, that one person should be targeted by the Constitution," Suu Kyi told reporters in Kathmandu before winding up a four-day visit to Nepal.

Myanmar's Constitution, drafted by the military in 2008, bars anyone married to a foreigner or with children who are foreign nationals from becoming the head of state. Suu Kyi's late husband was British and so are her two sons.

Suu Kyi intends to run in next year's presidential election. But last week's vote to retain the ban by a committee of the Myanmar parliament, dominated by the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, has dealt a blow to her plan.

"The main clause in the Constitution which we want changed is the one which gives the military practical right to veto any changes in the Constitution. We want the majority of elected members to change whichever part of the Constitution they think necessary," she said.

She said it is the will of people that should decide whether she will ever become president of Myanmar.

Suu Kyi arrived in Nepal on Friday on a four-day visit at the invitation of the government.