Suu Kyi’s presidential hopes suffer a setback as Myanmar votes to keep military veto
Dashing Aung San Suu Kyi’s hopes of running for the presidency, Myanmar Thursday voted to retain veto against constitutional changes.
The bill fell short of 75 percent needed for approval, Reuters reported.
The voting followed a three-day joint session to debate changes to the army-drafted constitution and votes to amend the two key clauses fell short of the more than three-quarters support needed to put them to public referendum.
The military holds a quarter of unelected legislative seats in what amounts to veto power on changes to the constitution.
The motions sought to trim the share of house support required to amend the charter to 70 percent and to change criteria barring presidential candidates with children or a spouse holding foreign citizenship.
The popular Nobel laureate Suu Kyi cannot become president because her two children are British, as was her late husband.