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Aung San Suu Kyi talks presidency, poverty and rule of law at World Economic Forum

Three years into government reform, Suu Kyi says it's time for Myanmar to see results.
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Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a press conference during the World Economic Forum on East Asia at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw on June 6, 2013. Aung San Suu Kyi on June 6 declared her intention to run for president, calling for all of the country's people to share the fruits of its dramatic reforms. AFP PHOTO / Soe Than WIN (Photo credit should read Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images) (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)

Aung San Suu Kyi, chairman of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), candidly reiterated her desire to hold presidential office earlier today, on the first day of the World Economic Forum, taking place in Myanmar’s capital city of Naypyidaw.

Released from house arrest in 2010 after serving 15 years for dissenting against the ruling military, she presently serves as a member of parliament from the Kawhmu constituency, and said the country’s constitution must be amended in order to create the possibility for a Suu Kyi presidency.

A clause in the current constitution bans anyone with a foreign spouse or child from running for office. Michael Aris, Suu Kyi’s late husband, was English and their two sons hold British passports. When asked about the likelihood of changes being made, she said she does not believe in indulging optimism, but rather will “work for the constitution to be amended.”


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Myanmar daily wage laborers work at a construction site in the country's new administrative capital Naypyidaw, on Dec. 3, 2007. The transition in Myanmar that began in 2011 has encouraged more than 100 official aid agencies and internationals non-governmental organizations to pledge aid with the hope of helping make the transition a success. (Khin Maung Win/AFP/Getty Images)
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