Hundreds of nationalist Buddhist monks in Myanmar and their supporters have rallied in support of retaining a constitutional clause barring Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the country's recently elected ruling party, from becoming head of state.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party will take over government in March after winning November's election. But Suu Kyi is barred from becoming president because the military-dictated constitution bars anyone whose immediate family members are foreign nationals from holding the office. Her two sons are British, as was her late husband.

Suu Kyi's party floated the idea of trying to have the article suspended, but seems to have abandoned it due to opposition from the military.

Sunday's rally was believed to be organized by the Buddhist nationalist group Ma Ba Tha.