This Week in Parliament

By The Irrawaddy 16 March 2019

Monday (March 11)

The Complaints Committee submitted its report to the Upper House. According to the report, most of the complaints it received from February 2016 to the end of December 2018 involved the Home Affairs Ministry, particularly the Myanmar Police Force and the Prisons Department.

Tuesday (March 12)

Military-appointed lawmaker Brig. Gen. Kyaw Kyaw Soe, said amending Article 261 of the Constitution was the only solution to de-escalating political tensions in ethnic states.

Lawmakers were discussing a report by the Joint Bill Committee on a proposal by the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) to amend the Article 261 so that region and state chief ministers are elected by their local legislatures rather than, as is the case now, appointed by the president.

Wednesday (March 13)

In the Upper House, lawmakers discussing a report on the government’s Guarantees, Pledges and Undertakings Vetting Committee expressed dissatisfaction with some ministers. They said they felt the ministers had not answered their questions adequately.

Thursday (March 14)

The Union Parliament approved a proposal by lawmaker U Nay Lin Aung that urges the Construction Ministry to prioritize the building of inter-village roads in ethnic and remote areas.

Friday (March 15)

Lawmakers continued to debate a report by the Bill Committee about a proposal by the USDP to amend Article 261 of the Constitution.