To mark the 32nd anniversary of the coup by top generals that replaced the government of dictator Ne Win, The Irrawaddy revisits this 2018 analysis of the events of that day.
The Irrawaddy talks with a pair of candidates from the National League for Democracy and the People’s Party about the unique election challenges ahead.
The Parliament voted down a proposal by military-backed and military-appointed lawmakers on Monday to impeach the house speaker over the recent constitutional reform process.
The MPs have called for the Parliament Speaker to be removed over his handling of the charter change debate and for allegedly failing to fulfill his duties.
On this day in 1988, renowned Myanmar legal expert U Chan Htoon died in Yangon after a career spent designing the country’s first constitution and serving on its Supreme Court.
Myanmar’s military is not the only force with the discipline to take on COVID-19, as doctors, nurses and journalists work on the frontlines to protect the lives of citizens.
The results of the recent parliamentary voting on charter change show us there is only person in the country who can change the Constitution.
On Parliament’s final day of voting on proposed constitutional amendments, the NLD’s bid to scrap immunity for former junta members was voted down.
The NLD’s bid to scrap charter provisions giving the military sole responsibility for all armed forces and ‘safeguarding the nation’ fell short in parliamentary voting.
The Myanmar Parliament has approved a proposal to remove language deemed unnecessary from a charter provision on the appointment of state and regional ministers.
NLD, ethnic MPs reject proposed charter amendments by the military and USDP, including one that would have allowed state parliaments to elect chief ministers.
Parliament rejected a proposed constitutional amendment on Monday that would have revoked the military’s power to control the presidential amnesty process in Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy discusses this week’s failed constitutional amendment vote with political analyst Ma Mon Mon Myat and Ko Thiha Thu of the Than Lwin Citizen Empowerment Program.
As the Parliament fails to reform the undemocratic terms of Article 436, the military will retain its power to block amendments to the Constitution.
The commander-in-chief will continue to hold the right to exercise sweeping powers in states of emergency as the military blocks Myanmar’s push to reform its Constitution.