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President Thein Sein has expressed support for amendments to the constitution that could result in opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi being eligible for the presidency.
In  televised address on January 2, President Thein Sein said he wanted the removal of all restrictions that forbade any Myanmar national from taking office.
Article 59 (f) of the constitution bars Myanmar citizens married to foreigners, or who have children with foreign citizenship, from becoming president.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s late husband was a Briton and her two sons are British nationals.
President Thein Sein said constitutional changes needed to be made with consideration of democratic principles, but national interests should remain the top priority. He added that amending the military-drafted constitution could help to achieve national reconciliation.
Opinion has been divided among conservative political parties about amending Article 59(f), …
International News3012014 POSTED ON JANUARY 3, 2014 7 arrested in Egypt in connection with suicide attack Seven people from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) party have been detained by Egyptian authorities for alleged involvement in a suicide bomb attack on a police station in Mansoura that killed 16 people last month, Egypt’s interior minister announced. The arrest included a son of one of the party’s leaders Yehya Almongi Saad Huseini. The Brotherhood denies being involved in the attack. A Sinai-based militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the December 24 attack in Mansoura. Japan rescues balloonist near disputed islands Japanese coastguards have rescued a Chinese hot air balloonist which crash-landed next to the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. According to the Japanese coastguard, the air balloon steered by a 35-year-old man crashed about 22 kilometers from the contested area. The passenger was rescued by a helicopter and handed over to a…