Subverting Myanmar's Constitution for Its Own Good

Democracy needs flexibility.

State Counselor.

Photographer: Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP/Getty Images

When the first act of a new legislature is to circumvent its country’s written constitution, it’s usually a bad sign. Not so in Myanmar, where the democratically elected parliament moved last week to create the post of “state counselor” and give the job to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader and symbol of Myanmar’s long struggle against military dictatorship.

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