Aung San Suu Kyi will be barred from running for elections in Myanmar under a draft constitution proposed by the country’s military government, because she has been married to a foreigner. The Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate was married to Michael Aris, a British citizen who died of cancer in the UK in 1999. The government’s announcement comes ahead of a May referendum on the new constitution which, if approved, will pave the way for democratic elections in 2010.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), which includes Myanmar among its 10-nation membership, criticised the move on Wednesday but said it was powerless to do anything.
Sore losers I suppose.
In 1990, the military junta called a general election, which the National League for Democracy won decisively. Being the NLD’s candidate, Aung San Suu Kyi under normal circumstances would have assumed the office of Prime Minister. Instead, the results were nullified, and the military refused to hand over power.
Um, at this point the most constructive thing I can say is fuck ’em, exactly how remains to be worked out.