Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has expressed concern that massive flooding in much of the country might be used as a pretext to undermine November’s general election.
In a video appeal Thursday to the international community for help for flood victims, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate drew a parallel with a referendum that brought in the current much-maligned constitution in 2008.
According to official results, the charter was easily confirmed in voting that took place in the midst of widespread chaos following Cyclone Nargis, which killed an estimated 140,000 people.
“We do not want this natural disaster to be a reason for upsetting the necessary political process, without which our country will not be able to make long-term progress,” Suu Kyi said.
The constitution was drafted under military supervision and enshrines its dominant role in government, making substantial democratic reforms difficult to achieve.
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Additional reporting from Associated Press