Myanmar rules out constitutional change before polls

November 19, 2014 5:59 AM

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YANGON: Myanmar's parliament speaker said on Tuesday (Nov 18) the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November 2015.

The comments by Shwe Mann came days after visiting US President Barack Obama backed Suu Kyi's attempts to change the charter. The speaker said a nationwide referendum would be held next May on constitutional changes which are currently being thrashed out amid heated debate in the legislature.

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