"If those parties and that institution do not submit name lists, we can exclude them.... But we won’t do that,” NLD lawmaker U Myat Nyana Soe said.
Tatmadaw’s political role safeguards transition to democracy, Sen-Gen. Min Aung Hlaing tells Asahi Shimbun
The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.
The military-backed USDP wants just one change to the charter, and it has nothing to do with curbing the special privileges it grants the armed forces.
The Irrawaddy discusses the NLD's proposal to form a committee to draft amendments to Myanmar's undemocratic Constitution and the prospects for genuine reform.
Will the military abide by U Than Shwe’s pledge to allow reform after ‘a few years’ of the party’s rule?
Tatmadaw appointees and USDP lawmakers have opposed the proposed committee structure which suggests representation according to Parliament proportion.
Ruling party proposed forming a committee so that no side would lose face, NLD lawmaker says.
The Irrawaddy breaks down the constitutional reform committee's path to approval in graphics and numbers.
Nearly 67 percent of lawmakers voted to form the committee, which will be chaired by Parliament Deputy Speaker U Tun Tun Hein.
Of the 30 lawmakers who joined Tuesday's debate on whether to form the committee, only five — all from the military-backed USDP — objected.
36 lawmakers scheduled to take part, but not a single military appointee is among them
"If we participate in the debate, it would be interpreted that we approve the proposal,” one military lawmaker said.
Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing said the Constitution, which gives the military veto power over any changes, should be amended "when it is necessary."
The NLD’s move to amend the Constitution is a first small step in what will surely be a difficult journey.