Nearly 5M sign up to support change of Myanmar's military-drafted constitution

The party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has collected nearly 5 million signatures in support of changing Myanmar's military-drafted constitution and challenging the military's dominance in parliament.

Suu Kyi's party has set a priority on changing an article in the 2008 constitution that requires a 75 percent parliamentary approval to amend major chapters of the charter. The military occupies 25 percent of the seats.

National League for Democracy party spokesman U Nyan Win said Wednesday the campaign for signatures was a success since it was done under pressure and intimidation by authorities.

The campaign was launched nationwide on May 27 and ended on July 19.

The party will submit the list of signatures to parliament where a committee can suggest changes.