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Myanmar parliament votes against charter changes, maintains ban on Suu Kyi becoming president

  • Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi casts her vote for constitution amendments during a regular session at the Union Parliament Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Myanmar's parliament has voted against constitutional amendments Thursday, ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi casts her vote for constitution amendments during a regular session at the Union Parliament Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Myanmar's parliament has voted against constitutional amendments Thursday, ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, walks to cast her vote for constitution amendments during a regular session at the Union Parliament Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Myanmar's parliament has voted against constitutional amendments Thursday, ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, walks to cast her vote for constitution amendments during a regular session at the Union Parliament Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Myanmar's parliament has voted against constitutional amendments Thursday, ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file photo, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Yangon International Airport to depart for China. Myanmar's parliament voted against constitutional amendments Thursday, June 25 ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win, File)

    FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file photo, Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at Yangon International Airport to depart for China. Myanmar's parliament voted against constitutional amendments Thursday, June 25 ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win, File)  (The Associated Press)

Myanmar's parliament has voted against proposed constitutional amendments, ensuring that the military's veto power remains intact and that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cannot become president in an election this year.

The legislature ended a 3-day debate Thursday on proposed changes to the 2008 constitution.

The constitution bars Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, from seeking the presidency and gives the military an effective veto over constitutional amendments. Changes to both those clauses were rejected Thursday.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy is expected to see heavy gains against the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in the polls. The NLD swept the last free general election in 1990 but the then-ruling military junta ignored the results and kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for years.