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The fight for Myanmar's constitution

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses constitutional reform rally in Yangon on May 17. (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

YANGON -- The Lady wants to be President. The constitution says otherwise. Roughly 18 months from national elections that will determine Myanmar's next president, opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi does not have much time to seek changes to rules that bar her from the highest office.

     Myanmar's military-backed government has been reluctant to support changes to the charter, and a parliamentary committee on constitutional reform is moving slowly. In response, Suu Kyi, the leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), has taken her "constitutional change" campaign to the streets, teaming up with high-profile former student dissidents at rallies in Myanmar's two biggest cities, Yangon and Mandalay, in mid-May.

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