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Amend Constitution to Reduce Burma Army’s Role: US Congressman

2 August 2013

US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Congress on Thursday that Burma should amend its undemocratic 2008 Constitution, reform and reduce the political of its military and establish an independent judiciary. McConnell, a Republican representative from Kentucky, said the Constitution should be amended in order to support Burma’s “democratic ambitions” and to bring the military under civilian control. He said such amendments are “the next bit step…towards fully normalizing [Burma’s] relations with the United States.” McConnell also argued for “modest military-to-military cooperation” between the two countries in order to turn the Tatmadaw into a modern and human rights-respecting army.