Aung San Suu Kyi may opt for Foreign Minister after she is barred from becoming the president of Myanmar. However, Suu Kyi will not be deterred by the hindrances and will shoulder a role which will place her close to the highest echelon of power in the country.
A senior party leader of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) revealed that the Nobel Laureate and human rights activist will be opting for the home minister position and U Htin Kyaw and U Myo Aung are the favourite for president and vice president positions respectively, reported Myanmar Times.
This decision will ensure that Suu Kyi will be closely placed to the president and also will give her the opportunity to participate in meetings of the 11-member National Defence and Security Council. The Security Council is controlled by the military. It is the most powerful orgnisation of Myanmar and also has the authority to declare emergency.
Thus, Suu Kyi will be able to negotiate with the military over the amendments of the constitution so that if her proxy resigns, she gets appointed as the president of the country.
With the military holding 25 percent seats in the parliament there is little chance of Suu Kyi’s Presidential candidature. And it has already been acknowledged that there will be no immediate resolution to the constitutional block.
The recent meeting between Suu Kyi and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on February 17 haven’t really resolve the problem. The statement released after the meeting indicated that no major deals were reached.
The constitution of Myanmar bans anyone who has a direct family connection with foreigners from holding the highest position in the country. The article 59(f) states that people with foreign nationals as spouse or children cannot hold executive position in the country. Since Suu Kyi has 2 children who are British nationals, she is not eligible to hold the position.
However, party officials said that Suu Kyi did not want any confrontation with the military junta by ruling out a push to suspend the article, reported Asian Correspondent.
The official also said, “The NLD will not choose a dangerous path that could lead to instability. That’s why Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said she will lead the country behind the scenes.”
Notably, there were Buddhist monks who demonstrated against the suspension of the article this Sunday.