Aung San Suu Kyi announces presidential intentions for 2015

Photo by Htoo Tay Zar via the OpenMyanmar Photo Project

Today, at the World Economic Forum in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi announced: “I want to run for president and I’m quite frank about it. If I pretended that I didn’t want to be president, I wouldn’t be honest and I would rather be honest with my people than otherwise.”

That being said, Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy, faces a hurdle: a clause built into the country’s constitution prevents anyone with a foreign spouse or child to qualify as a presidential candidate. To turn that clause around, she will need support from more than 75 percent of the members of Burma’s parliament.

For more, see our previous SunSpace coverage and commentary on Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma.