Aung San Suu Kyi ‘Apologizes’ for Not Becoming President
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has released a letter to her supporters apologizing for not becoming the country’s next president.
In the letter posted to social media Thursday shortly before Myanmar’s parliament began the process of selecting the new chief executive, the Nobel Laureate apologized for “not fully fulfilling the people’s desire.”
She added that she would persevere and asked for people’s continued support “to reach the goal peacefully.”
Her National League for Democracy party (NLD), won an overwhelming number of seats in parliament during November’s general election. But a clause in the military written constitution prevents her from assuming the nation’s top job because her sons have foreign citizenship.
The parliament in Naypyidaw will begin the presidential selection process by first choosing three vice-presidents, one from the lower house, one from the upper house and one from the military. After a vetting period, the entire parliament will select one of the three to become the nation’s next president.
The new government will take office on April 1.
Venezuela Recalls Top Diplomat From U.S.
Venezuela's president has recalled the country's top diplomat from the United States to protest a U.S. decree imposing sanctions on several top officials and calling Venezuela a security threat.
President Nicolas Maduro made the announcement Wednesday at a ceremony organized to condemn the decree, which was made initially last year and renewed last week.
Maduro complained that the United States displayed condescension and double standards.
The U.S. and Venezuela have not had ambassador-level diplomatic relations since 2010. Venezuela approved charge d'affaires Maximilien Arvelaiz as ambassador to Washington last year, but the U.S. Department of State has not approved him.
Relations between the U.S. and Venezuela have been tense for some time over Caracas' accusations that the United States meddles in Latin American affairs.