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Suu Kyi says 'I will be above the president'

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the media at a press conference at her home in Yangon on Nov. 5. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

YANGON -- Aung San Suu Kyi is confident that her National League for Democracy can win her country's election on Sunday, an outcome that would, she hopes, allow her to run a government from behind the scenes despite a constitutional ban on her becoming president.

     "I will be above the president," Suu Kyi said, speaking to around 200 journalists gathered on the lawn of her lakeside Yangon villa. The opposition leader, a member of parliament representing the Kawhmu constituency on the outskirts of Myanmar's biggest city, was discussing possible scenarios should the NLD win enough seats to lead a government.

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