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Committee Reviewing Burma’s Constitution Taking Public Input

4 October 2013

A parliamentary committee set up to review Burma’s Constitution is taking public suggestions on the amendment process, according to Xinhua. Citing an announcement on state-run radio, Xinhua reported that proposals would be accepted until Nov. 15. The committee, which was set up in July, is made up of 109 parliamentarians, with the political affiliation of committee members proportional to the nation’s parliamentary representation. The Constitution, drafted in 2008 by the military regime of the time, is seen by many as undemocratic, with 25 percent of the seats in Parliament reserved for military representatives and Burma’s democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, barred from running for president.

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