Inside Story

Will Suu Kyi lead Myanmar from behind the scenes?

Myanmar’s parliament set to vote on presidential nominees on Monday.

After her party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections last year, Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was well-placed to lead Myanmar.

But her two sons are British, and under the country’s military-drafted constitution, that prevents her from becoming president.

Having failed to convince the army to let her run anyway, she has named Htin Kyaw, a man from her inner circle, as presidential nominee.

It’s widely seen as a way for Suu Kyi to rule Myanmar indirectly.

On this Inside Story, we look at the deal that’s been done to allow Suu Kyi to stay at the pinnacle of Myanmar’s politics.

And ask, will she have to compromise with the military?

Presenter: Mike Hanna


Sam Zarifi – Regional director, Asia and the Pacific at the International Commission of Jurists.

Kyaw Zwa Moe – Editor at The Irrawaddy Magazine (English edition) 

Maung Zarni – Burmese scholar and dissident based in the UK