Nationalist Buddhist Monks and their supporters rallied in Myanmar in support of sustaining a constitutional clause that prevents Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming the president of country.
There were around 350 people in the rally. Most of them were donning T-shirts reading, “Section 59(f) of the constitution is untouchable. It must be protected from a national security angle.”
The demonstrators defended the clause and said that the demonstration had nothing to do with Suu Kyi’s Presidency.
Organizer Thant Myo Oo commented, “We support this event … because we don’t want outsiders, foreigners, overwhelming our country. Not only Suu Kyi, whoever is connected with the outsiders, we cannot accept”.
The rally is thought to have been organized by monks led Buddhist Nationalist group, Ma Ba Tha, reported Miami Herald. The group is known for triggering anti-Muslim sentiment in the country, which has led to bloody sectarian violence. It also supports the military government and joined in their election campaigns last year. Even so it failed to influence the votes.
The Nobel laureate and former political detainee, Suu Kyi is barred from being the president of the country because the military dictated constitution prevents people , who have foreign nationals as their family members, from holding executive position. Her two sons are British nationals and so was her late husband.
In November’s election Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won. The party is all set to form the government in March. Although, Suu Kyi’s party toyed with the idea to try to suspend the article, they abandoned it due to the opposition from the military, stated AP.
Suu Kyi, last October, announced, “If the NLD wins the elections and we form a government, I’m going to be the leader of that government whether or not I’m the president”
She added, “The leader of the NLD government will have to be me because I am the leader of my party.”
Thus, it is much likely that Suu Kyi will go ahead with her previous announcement and plan to have a proxy president for her, while she will make all the decisions.