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Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma 'not on road to democracy'

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been given David Cameron's backing for efforts to amend the Burmese constitution which prevents her standing for president in 2015.

The prime minister, who said he was one of her "greatest admirers", pledged to build international pressure for the constitutional changes.

Ms Suu Kyi told the Today programme's Mishal Husain her presidential ambitions were not her first priority.

She said she wanted the constitution to be amended "not because of any personal ambition... but because we want a country firmly on the road to democracy".

She insisted that currently the constitution is still "fundamentally undemocratic" in Burma, or Myanmar.

"People assume to readily that we are on the path to democracy... it's nothing like that at all," she explained.

"The constitution was drawn up to assure the military a very special place in the politics of the nation and that's not democratic," she added.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 24 October 2013.

  • 24 Oct 2013
  • From the section Asia
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