Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attended the closing session of the current parliament Monday.
Her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), recently won a landslide victory over the government- and military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), capturing an absolute majority of the seats in the new parliament.
Under a clause put into the constitution by the then-ruling military junta, Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from becoming president because her sons are citizens of a foreign country (both are British), as was her late husband. However, she has said if her party won the recent election, she would be the one telling the newly selected president what to do.
Monday’s parliamentary session was the last one under Thein Sein’s presidency, whose USDP received a drubbing from the NLD.
Last week, the White House, while congratulating both Thein Sein and the NLD leader on Myanmar’s “historic elections,” said the country needed to take several more democratic steps, including changing the constitution so Aung San Suu Kyi could possibly become president.
“Even with this election, 25 percent of the seats in the parliament are reserved for the military,” White House foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes said Thursday. “We have consistently said over the course of the last several years that a full transition to domestic civilian rule in Burma would require a process of constitutional reform.”