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Suu Kyi urges Myanmar army to back charter reform

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday called on the powerful military to get involved in reforming the country's junta-era constitution, which currently bars her from becoming president. The Nobel laureate, who has repeatedly asserted her readiness to take on the top political job, said the nation's "tatmadaw" army was "essential" in amending the charter, which is currently being debated by a parliamentary panel that includes soldiers.

Suu Kyi urges Myanmar army to back charter reform

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday called on the powerful military to get involved in reforming the country's junta-era constitution, which currently bars her from becoming president. The Nobel laureate, who has repeatedly asserted her readiness to take on the top political job, said the nation's "tatmadaw" army was "essential" in amending the charter, which is currently being debated by a parliamentary panel that includes soldiers.

Roundup: Aung San Suu Kyi seduces Australia with presidential ambitions

Roundup: Aung San Suu Kyi seduces Australia with presidential ambitions by Christian Edwards SYDNEY, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- On a whirlwind PR tour of Australia, Myanmar's "iconic" leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week, has for the first time, signaled her desire for foreign - in this case Australian - support for her presidential run, most likely in 2015. During an address at the think-tank Lowy Institute in Sydney, Suu Kyi sought to rally an audience of leading intellectuals and officials around the notion of a Suu Kyi presidency in 2015.

I'm no saint or icon, says Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday insisted she was no saint and no icon, saying she disliked the titles and had always seen herself as an honest politician. The celebrated activist and democracy champion endured years of house arrest at the hands of Myanmar's military regime and has been feted since her release, but she insisted she was just an ordinary person. "I always thought that I was a politician, I look upon myself as a politician, not as an icon," she told an audience in Sydney during her first visit to Australia.

Aung San Suu Kyi collects Rome citizenship

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi finally became an honorary citizen of Rome Sunday, 19 years after the honour was awarded to her. The Nobel peace laureate was given the citizenship in 1994 but spent most of the past two decades under house arrest in Myanmar which meant she was unable to collect her award. Rome mayor Ignazio Marino said on his Twitter account that the city could "finally award it to a free woman".

Suu Kyi learns from Northern Ireland peace process

Aung San Suu Kyi said Northern Ireland's peace process could help reconciliation in Myanmar, as the Nobel peace laureate visited the British province on Thursday. The Myanmar opposition leader said she wanted to learn lessons about how Protestants and Catholics ended three decades of sectarian bloodshed and formed a power-sharing administration. Myanmar has recently been rocked by anti-Muslim bloodshed and is also trying to overcome the legacy of decades of rampant human rights violations and conflict between the government and various ethnic groups.

Suu Kyi urges world to pressure Myanmar leaders on reform

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged European Union and world leaders to pile pressure on her country's government to complete its reform process. Speaking to a small group of journalists, the Nobel peace laureate said the country's democratic future, as well as an end to its ethnic conflicts, depended on quick and sweeping amendments to its existing constitution. "Reform has gone as far as it can without changes to the constitution," she said.

Suu Kyi urges world to pressure Myanmar leaders on reform

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged European Union and world leaders to pile pressure on her country's government to complete its reform process. The Nobel peace laureate told a small group of journalists that the country's democratic future as well as an end to its continuing ethnic conflict depended on quick and sweeping amendments to the constitution. "Reform has gone as far as it can without changes to the constitution," she said.

Suu Kyi's NLD marks Silver Jubilee with charter plea

Aung San Suu Kyi marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party Friday with a fresh appeal to overhaul the country's military-drafted constitution. "If the constitution is not amended, we cannot say that the country is going on the democracy track... the 2015 general elections will not be fair," Suu Kyi said. The charter -- approved in a referendum in 2008 as Myanmar reeled from a devastating cyclone -- is a major obstacle to Suu Kyi's ambition to run for president in the 2015 elections.

Suu Kyi fears Myanmar unrest could deter investors

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi warned Saturday that communal violence and weak "rule of law" could scare off investors despite the country's rapid pace of political and economic reform. The democracy icon told a business conference in Singapore that a stalemate in resolving protracted insurgencies, inter-ethnic conflicts and lack of robust laws posed the biggest challenges to development in the former pariah state.
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