Suu Kyi and 88 group to address charter reform

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File photo: Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits at Bellevue presidential palace in Berlin April 10, 2014.

Aung San Suu Kyi and 88 Generation student leaders will give speeches on constitutional reform on May 17, according to Hla Htay, chairperson for Yangon's National League for Democracy (NLD) office.

"The reform talk will be held at Bo Sein Man ground on the morning of May 17 from 9 am to 10.30 pm. We asked the permission from the authorities to hold the talk at Bo Sein Man ground. NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi and 88 Generation leaders will mainly talk about Article 436 of the constitution," said Hla Htay.

In addition, 88 Generation activist Jimmy said: "The details of the public talk will be announced after May 5. The NLD leader and 88 Generation student leaders will give speeches. The public talk will be given at other places as well Yangon and Mandalay."

The public talk in Mandalay will be held on May 18 and NLD chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi will give a speech, said Tin Htut Oo, chairperson for the Mandalay NLD office.

The opposition party has been leading a nation-wide campaign to seek public support for amending the military-drafted 2008 Constitution. The current charter bans Suu Kyi from running for president in next year's general election.

A joint statement between the NLD and the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society seeking to amend Article 436 of the constitution will be released by mid May.

Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Htay Kway, Mya Aye, Jimmy and Pyone Cho from the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society met with Suu Kyi at her home on April 21 to discuss cooperating to amend Article 436 of the constitution.

Parliamentary Speaker Thura Shwe Mann urged a committee in charge of constitutional reform to focus on amending the chapters which need to be amend no later than six months before the 2015 election.

The Article 436, which will be difficult to amend, must be reformed, according to Aye Mauk, secretary of the parliamentary committee in charge of constitutional reform.

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