Former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi is seeking support from Myanmar military officials for a constitutional change that would allow her to become president, according to senior members of her party.
Myanmar President Thein Sein is moving to counter lawmakers who inserted protectionist elements in a foreign investment bill that may impede overseas companies just as the U.S. and European Union ease sanctions.
Myanmar’s leaders are increasing appearances abroad as they try to convince the world their shift to democracy is genuine even as Aung San Suu Kyi warned against “reckless optimism” on her first overseas trip in 24 years.
Myanmar President Thein Sein will probably step aside when his term ends following elections in 2015, an aide said, adding uncertainty to the political outlook after he oversaw the nation’s most inclusive vote in more than two decades.
Myanmar dissident Aung San Suu Kyi’s sweeping by-election win risks invigorating hardliners opposed to change if she fails to join reformers in implementing policies that boost incomes in one of Asia’s poorest countries.