In Yangon, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel peace prize winner for her democratic leadership at the National League for Democracy, might fall short on her promise to become Myanmar’s next president. Even if she was swept into parliament during her efforts in April 2012 with the NLD, a military-drafted constitution might exclude her from going into office.
Suu Kyi expressed her wish to become president at the World Economic Forum in the Naypytiaw capital on June 6. However, the new challenges are the biggest ones the former political prisoner turned democratic figurehead must face. She must convince the military parliament to amend the constitution to give her the right to run as president.
However, stakes are still high even if the military parliament agrees to amend the constitution. She could face a voter backlash and the opposition between Myanmar’s Buddhists and minority Muslims might make the political condition of her campaign unstable because of her rare public expressions for support for the Muslims.
A constitutional amendment would need to merit 75% of support from the parliament, which is not an easy task because military leaders dominate the parliament seats.
Suu Kyi, even as a Nobel peace prize winner, is condemned by different human rights groups. The Human Rights Watch in New York had condemned her for not using her moral authority to defend the Rohingya because she did not want to upset the Buddhist majority.
Suu Kyi said that she didn’t want to “take sides” during the conflict.
Suu Kyi is likely to revolutionize Myanmar’s constitution, but international pressure from foreign investors has depended heavily on the military parliament that ensured stability, which might affect her chances.