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Myanmar opposition party to take part in enter 2015 polls

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The National League for Democracy (NLD) has announced that it will enter Myanmar’s upcoming general election in 2015 even if a constitutional measure barring its leader Aung San Suu Kyi from running for president is not amended.

The NLD would contest the polls, which Suu Kyi had said cannot be fair unless the constitution is changed, party spokesman U Nyan Win was quoted by news agencies as saying at a news conference on December 28 .

The Myanmar’s 2008 constitution was drawn up under the country’s former military regime to ensure its continuing influence in government. The NLD considers it undemocratic because of clauses allocating a mandatory 25 percent of parliamentary seats to the military and disqualifying Suu Kyi from running for president.

Myanmar's parliament formed a Constitution Review Committee in July to look into the matter ahead of 2015 polls.

According to the 2008 constitution, the amendment needs the consent of more than 75 percent of the parliament members, followed by more than 50 percent approval in a nationwide referendum.-VNA
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