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Military Veto of Constitutional Amendments to Remain: Report

14 March 2014

A requirement that constitutional amendments receive support from more than 75 percent of lawmakers—effectively giving military representatives a veto over proposed changes to the charter—will not be considered by a parliamentary constitutional review committee, the Myanmar Times reports. “We reached agreement on this after arguing severely,” one committee member was quoted as saying, with the newspaper reporting on Friday that “a number of committee members” who spoke on condition of anonymity corroborated the decision. The threshold in question, under Section 436(a) of the Constitution, allows a unified bloc of military MPs to block amendments to the Constitution because they are reserved 25 percent of seats in Parliament.