YANGON, Burma/Myanmar (AP) — Democracy activists in Burma have joined opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time in calling for constitutional amendments ahead of next year’s general elections.

Thousands of party supporters and leaders of prominent student activist groups turned out at the rally Saturday in the main city of Yangon.

Suu Kyi says that the current constitution needs to be amended for elections to be free and fair.

Currently, the law says that the charter cannot be changed without more than 75 percent approval from the parliament. With the military holding 25 seats, they can veto any such move and prevent Suu Kyi from becoming president because her sons are British nationals.

An article says anyone whose spouse or children owes allegiance to a foreign power cannot hold top office.

Myanmar Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi gestures during a public rally in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Pic: AP.