Presidential election date now 10th March
The date for Myanmar’s parliament to elect a new president of the country has been moved forward by a week from 17th March to 10th March.
The move was taken after it became clear that the military would not allow a change to the constitution to allow National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi to stand for the post. The NLD had been hoping to get article 59(f) of the constitution, which bars anyone with a foreign spouse or children from becoming president, suspended.
The NLD, which won a sweeping victory in the 8th November 2015 general election, has also suffered from a lack of cooperation from the outgoing Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) led by President Thein Sein. The new NLD government is set to take over on 1st April and needs time to prepare for the handover.
In the presidential election three nominees from the lower house, upper house and military will be put forward with one becoming president whilst the other two will become vice-presidents. The NLD will now put up a candidate who will report directly to Aung San Suu Kyi, but the exact details as to how that will work are as yet unclear.