This Week in Parliament

By The Irrawaddy 29 February 2020

Monday (Feb. 24)

Kayah State lawmaker U Soe Thein asked if the government had a plan to set up a general provident fund (GPF) so civil servants had savings when they retired or resigned. In response, Deputy Minister for Planning, Finance and Industry U Maung Maung Win said his ministry had formulated a draft GPF law so government employees could live off their savings after retirement.

Tuesday (Feb. 25)

The debate on charter amendment bills began at the Union Parliament. Lawmaker U Ne Myo Tun of the National League for Democracy (NLD) asked Parliament Speaker T Khun Myat to take action against Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) lawmaker U Maung Myint over his controversial remarks about the NLD’s ministers and members.

Wednesday (Feb. 26)

Military lawmakers and allied USDP members strongly rejected proposed constitutional amendments to weaken the military’s political power. They strongly opposed the proposed amendment of Article 40(c) which grants sovereign power to the commander-in-chief during a state of emergency.

Military lawmakers also bitterly opposed amending Article 59(f) which bars Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming the country’s president because of her late husband and children having British nationality.

Thursday (Feb. 27)

T Khun Myat told lawmakers to stop making inflammatory remarks in their discussions on charter amendment bills or face lawsuits.

Friday (Feb. 28)

Six ministries discussed a Joint Public Accounts Committee report on tax revenues for the second half of the 2018-19 fiscal year. The Union Parliament approved the report.

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