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  • Dec 22, 2014
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Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese pro democracy leader and Nobel Peace prize winner. A renowned advocate of non-violence and human rights who spent many years under house arrest. 

Journey of shelf discovery

U Hla Min Aung in his New Vision bookshop.

Heavily censored until August, books are now openly sold and enjoyed in Myanmar. Mary O'Shea gets the word on Yangon's streets. Pictures by Cedric Arnold.

Sunday, 14 October, 2012, 12:49am

We can't force change to constitution, admits Aung San Suu Kyi's party

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party admitted it cannot win its fight to change a constitutional provision barring her from Myanmar's presidency.

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party admitted it cannot win its fight to change a constitutional provision barring her from Myanmar's presidency, as the powerful military signalled strong opposition to such amendments.

20 Nov 2014 - 4:25am

Myanmar bar on Aung San Suu Kyi presidency to stay for elections

Myanmar's constitution bans those with a foreign spouse or children. Aung San Suu Kyi's late husband and two sons are British. Photo: AP

Myanmar's parliament speaker said the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November next year.

19 Nov 2014 - 8:37pm

Barring Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar presidency ‘doesn’t make much sense’

Aung San Suu Kyi embraces Barack Obama during their press conference yesterday at her lakeside home in Yangon. Photo: EPA

Barack Obama mounted a warm show of support for Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, voicing opposition to a constitutional rule that prevents her becoming president.

15 Nov 2014 - 3:09pm 3 comments

Myanmese government must clear obstacles to true democracy

Aung San Suu Kyi is currently barred from taking the presidency by a clause in the junta-drafted constitution that excludes anyone with a foreign spouse or children.

It is three years since the government of Myanmar's President Thein Sein began implementing economic and political reforms that transformed a militarily suppressed nation and prompted the West to lift most sanctions.

9 Nov 2014 - 5:17am 1 comment

Reform stalling in Myanmar, Suu Kyi warns

Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar's reform process is "stalling".

Myanmar's reform process is "stalling", opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said, warning the United States against over-optimism before a visit by President Barack Obama to the former pariah state.

6 Nov 2014 - 9:43am

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi set to visit China next month, her party says

China hasn't confirmed Aung San Suu Kyi's visit. Photo: Xinhua

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to visit China next month, senior members of her political party said.

6 Nov 2014 - 3:44am 3 comments

Myanmar parliament will consider allowing Suu Kyi to run for presidency

Suu Kyi greets army chief Min Aung Hlaing as parliamentary speaker Thura Shwe Mann looks on. Photo: EPA

Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution - which currently bars Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president - ahead of crucial elections next year.

3 Nov 2014 - 8:06pm

Aung San Suu Kyi to meet Myanmar's military leader for first time

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet Senior General Min Aung Hlaing for the first time. Photo: AFP

Myanmar's president and its powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented meeting to address cracks widening in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year.

31 Oct 2014 - 5:24am 1 comment

With Aung San Suu Kyi barred, party may back ex-general for president

Shwe Mann (left) and Aung San Suu Kyi have cooperated in parliament. Photos: Reuters, EPA

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) will go into next year's parliamentary election in Myanmar with no candidate for president and might even support a former general from the pro-military ruling party, NLD officials said.

25 Sep 2014 - 2:51am

Ban on Suu Kyi standing for Myanmar presidency poses dilemma for party

Suu Kyi's bid for the presidency is running out of time. Photo: Xinhua

Aung San Suu Kyi's quarter-century quest to lead Myanmar is running out of time because of a legal roadblock, posing a dilemma for a party that was forged around the mystique of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

5 Aug 2014 - 8:32am

Millions sign petition in Myanmar urging army to curtail its power

Suu Kyi believes "she has been born to rule". Photo: AP

Myanmar's opposition has gathered millions of signatures in support of changes to a constitution that bars its leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, in a show of strength ahead of elections next year.

21 Jul 2014 - 8:04pm

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party youth ready to rise in ranks

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends her party's first nationwide youth conference in Yangon yesterday. Photo: AFP

Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar opposition party faced calls to inject new blood into its ageing top ranks as it opened a landmark conference dedicated to its youth wing.

6 Jul 2014 - 5:40am

Suu Kyi will be invited to Beijing, says China's ambassador to Myanmar

Yang Houlan, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar. Photo: Xinhua

China's ambassador to Myanmar says it is only a matter of time before Beijing invites the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for an official visit. The Nobel Peace laureate has said she would like to visit China, which still holds significant economic and political influence in Myanmar, but the invitation should come from the Chinese government.

30 May 2014 - 8:23am 2 comments

Make the views of women count in a more open Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar's most famous icon may be female, but women have been invisible at the levels where decisions are made. Photo: EPA

While many in and outside Myanmar question the quality of the democratic space being opened by the government after decades of military rule, a surge of new ideas is being allowed in the public sphere. And among the beneficiaries, finally, are women.

12 Dec 2013 - 3:34am

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