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Committee to ‘Discuss’ Suggested Changes to Constitution

19 December 2013

A parliamentary committee to review Burma’s controversial military-drafted Constitution is set to meet early in January to “process and discuss” proposed changes, reports the Democratic Voice of Burma. The Joint-Committee for Reviewing the Constitution (JCRC) said it will meet on Jan. 7, after receiving more than 2,512 suggestions from political parties, organizations and individuals, including nearly 600 that called for amendments to articles in the first chapter of the 2008 Constitution, Basic Principles of the Union. Constitutional reform has become an increasingly contentious issue, with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi indicating that her party may boycott elections in 2015 unless the charter is amended.