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Myanmar activists rally to call for amending constitution to allow Suu Kyi to become president

Activists have rallied peacefully in Myanmar's biggest city to call for changing the constitution to allow pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi to serve as president.

The small demonstration Friday in Yangon came as demands have grown louder among politicians and lawmakers for amending the constitution.

The charter was adopted under the stewardship of Myanmar's previous military government to ensure that the military retains a major voice in administering the country.

A provision of the constitution says anyone whose spouse or children owes allegiance to a foreign power cannot become president or vice president. Suu Kyi was married to the late British scholar Michael Aris, and her two sons are foreign citizens.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party announced last weekend that it would contest the 2015 general election.