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Burma Parliament Curbs Powers of Tribunal

23 January 2013

President Thein Sein lost a stand-off with the Burmese Parliament on Tuesday and was forced to accept amendments to constitutional tribunal law, DVB reports. The changes are significant as it gives the parliament more power over the tribunal and its appointees. The move is seen by legal analysts as weakening the independence of the judiciary. The parliament, dominated by military-affiliated USDP party, has sought to curb the powers of the tribunal over parliamentary committees. The MPs forced the resignation of all nine members of the tribunal in September 2012. Thein Sein opposed the amendments drawn up by the MPs and argued that the changes would be unconstitutional.