WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is saying Burma should reform its constitution to allow its citizens a free choice over who should be its next president, but Burma is pushing back.
A Burma parliamentary committee last week voted against changing a constitutional clause that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president. National elections are due in 2015.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said enabling the Burma people to freely choose who they want to lead them in the next phase of its democratic transition will help to ensure stability.
But a Burma presidential spokesman said Tuesday it’s the responsibility of Burma’s parliament and people to decide how the constitution should be amended. He said, “It is not the concern of the United States.”