Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar): Mynamar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday declared her intention to run for President in 2015 and sought amendment to the country's Constitution under which she is not eligible to contest. (Agencies)
"I want to run for president and I'm quite frank about it," the veteran democracy activist said at a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF).
"If I pretend I did not want to be president, I would not be honest and I would rather be honest with my people than otherwise,” she said.
"You really don't run for the President because President is not elected directly, but for me to be eligible for the post of the President the Constitution will have to be amended," the 67-year-old lady said.
Asked if she is confident that constitution will be amended in the country, Chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Suu Kyi said, "I don't believe in indulging in optimism. Let me put it in this way, hope has to be backed by endeavour. So rather than be optimistic or hoping that the constitution will be amended, we are going to work for the constitution to be amended".
The session themed 'Myanmar: What Future?' also saw participation of Union Minister, Office of the President of Myanmar Soe Thane. Thane was of the view that amending the constitution is always possible, although Suu Kyi described the document passed in 2008 as "the most difficult constitution in the world to amend".
The current constitution blocks anyone whose spouses or children are overseas citizens from being appointed by parliament for the top job. Suu Kyi's two sons with her late husband Michael Aris are British and the clause is widely believed to be targeted at the Nobel laureate, who was educated in India.
Nay Pyi Taw (Myanmar): Mynamar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday declared her intention to run for President in 2015 and sought amendment to the country's Constitution under which she is not eligible to contest.