ASEAN leaders must do more to coordinate their efforts to combat COVID-19 as each country’s health depends on that of its neighbors.
A letter from Myanmar’s Assistance Association for Political Prisoners on the 20th anniversary of their founding shows how far the country has come and how far is left to go.
On Parliament’s final day of voting on proposed constitutional amendments, the NLD’s bid to scrap immunity for former junta members was voted down.
The NLD’s bid to scrap charter provisions giving the military sole responsibility for all armed forces and ‘safeguarding the nation’ fell short in parliamentary voting.
The Myanmar Parliament has approved a proposal to remove language deemed unnecessary from a charter provision on the appointment of state and regional ministers.
NLD, ethnic MPs reject proposed charter amendments by the military and USDP, including one that would have allowed state parliaments to elect chief ministers.
The government has been slow to act on coronavirus, on both the health and economic fronts; so far only luck has spared it a real test of its crisis-management skills.
Parliament rejected a proposed constitutional amendment on Monday that would have revoked the military’s power to control the presidential amnesty process in Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy discusses this week’s failed constitutional amendment vote with political analyst Ma Mon Mon Myat and Ko Thiha Thu of the Than Lwin Citizen Empowerment Program.
As the Parliament fails to reform the undemocratic terms of Article 436, the military will retain its power to block amendments to the Constitution.
The commander-in-chief will continue to hold the right to exercise sweeping powers in states of emergency as the military blocks Myanmar’s push to reform its Constitution.
A USDP lawmaker said the failed charter reform attempt creates a negative image of Myanmar’s military in the international community as military MPs opposed all amendments.
Unelected military lawmakers and their USDP allies have successfully blocked an NLD proposal to scrap the Constitution’s ban on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president.
As the long process to amend Myanmar’s Constitution appears lost, The Irrawaddy sits down with lawmakers U Aung Thein and U Sai Tun Aye to look for a way out.
The NLD's proposals to curb the extensive political role granted to the military by the Constitution have failed to win the required support of over 75 percent of MPs.