Aung San Suu Kyi meets president and army chief in transition talks

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Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party won a massive victory in Myanmar's landmark elections last month, has met President Thein Sein to discuss the handover.

She will also meet army chief Min Aung Hlaing in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

Both men have pledged to assist in a smooth transfer of power putting an end to decades of military-backed rule.

However, Ms Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from becoming president and the army retains a quarter of seats in the upper and lower houses of parliament.

Myanmar's constitution bars anyone with foreign national children from becoming president and Ms Suu Kyi's sons have British passports. However, she has repeatedly said that she will be above the person she nominates for the role.

A spokesman for Mr Thein Sein said the discussion with Ms Suu Kyi lasted 45 minutes and focused on how to achieve a peaceful transition of power.

Ye Htut told the BBC's Jonah Fisher that she did not broach the subject of changing the constitution to allow her to become president, nor was there any discussion around who the next president might be.

Myanmar's President Thein Sein with NLD leader Aung San Suu KyiImage copyrightMyanmar President Office
Image captionDetails of the meeting are not expected to be immediately available

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) won about 80% of the seats up for election in the 8 November.

Despite hundreds of thousands of people, such as the stateless Muslim Rohingya minority, being denied voting rights, the elections were the most democratic in Myanmar in 25 years.

Aung San Suu Kyi surrounded by other politicians at a parliamentary sessionImage copyrightEPA
Image captionThe current parliamentary session ends in January

Ms Suu Kyi reached out to the president, parliament speaker and army chief for talks after the elections but full details of these talks are not expected to be released for some time.

The current parliamentary session ends in January. After that the new NLD-dominated parliament session, where they will choose a new speaker before selecting two vice-presidents and a president, will begin.

The army's quota of a quarter of the seats in both the upper and lower house of parliament, means that parties without military backing like the NLD must have two-thirds of the seats to control both houses of parliament and choose the next president

The army ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, with an iron fist from 1962 until 2011. In 2011, a military-backed civilian government came into power led by Thein Sein.



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