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Suu Kyi's party picks preelection fight with Myanmar military

Doomed constitutional amendments serve as appeal to disappointed voters

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, center, and her National League for Democracy have been criticized for a lack of results since winning the 2015 general election. (Photo by Yuichi Nitta)

YANGON -- The party of Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has pushed ahead with proposed constitutional amendments that appear dead on arrival, signaling a willingness to confront the country's powerful military ahead of this year's general election.

The proposals to be voted on by lawmakers Tuesday would curtail the military's power in parliament, going to the heart of a constitution drafted to keep the armed forces front and center even after Myanmar's transition to democracy and civilian rule.

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