January 26, 2010
Written by Bear · Filed Under World
2 Responses to “Myanmar minister claims Aung San Suu Kyi to be freed November after elections”
Aung San Suu Kyi never stood for the election because she was not eligible to contest a seat. It was not this present military government or the previous socialist government that refused Aung San Suu Kyi the right to stand for elections but ironically it was her own father, Myanmar national hero General Aung San, who wrote into the original constitution, subsequently promulgated in 1948, a clause with the provision that “any person who is under any acknowledgement of allegiance or adherence to a foreign power, or a subject or citizen is entitled to the rights and privileges of a subject or citizen of a foreign
Thus she is not entitled to contest a seat in the country’s elections. Aung San Suu Kyi resided abroad for twenty-eight years and married an Englishman (Giving her the rights to U.K. citizenship) and has 2 children both holding British citizenship. This present military government has to, as all the previous successive Myanmar Governments did, continue to honour this clause and the constitution approved with 92% in 2008 has also committed itself to continue to honour the said clause
This type of constitutional condition is implemented by many governments including those of developed nations. It is quite understandable that Governments do not wish to have someone in office who could be unduly influenced by any other nation or power. As a preventive measure certain rules and regulations are universally drawn up and put into effect to serve as a mechanism to protect the national security as well as the national interest of the respective countries.
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