Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy Party won a landslide victory in the Nov 8 general elections. But she is barred from becoming President because of the Constitution's Article 59 (f), which says anyone with a foreign spouse or children cannot hold the executive office. Suu Kyi's late husband was British as are her two sons.

In separate but identical broadcasts late yesterday, Sky Net and Myanmar National Television said "positive results could come out on the negotiation for the suspension of the constitution Article 59 (f)." Suu Kyi has been negotiating with commander-in-chief Gen.

Min Aung Hlaing on having the clause suspended, which can be legally removed only through a two-thirds vote in Parliament.

The military holds 25 percent of the nominated seats in parliament, which means the NLD cannot scrap the clause on its own.

Suu Kyi has said previously that even if she doesn't become the President she would run the country from behind the scenes. But clearly, the NLD would prefer the 70-year-old icon of democracy to lead the country, having struggled almost all her life for it.

On Friday, a legal advisory committee consisting of experts and members of the lower house was launched, led by Shwe Mann, the former head of the military-tied Union Solidarity and Development Party.

Although national elections were in November, the president does not take office until March 31 or April 1 because of a long-winded selection process.

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