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.
A USDP lawmaker said the failed charter reform attempt creates a negative image of Myanmar’s military in the international community as military MPs opposed all amendments.
For decades, U Win Tin bravely defied the military; it’s only fitting that we mark his 90th birthday just as the army thwarts his party’s bid to demilitarize politics.
Unelected military lawmakers and their USDP allies have successfully blocked an NLD proposal to scrap the Constitution’s ban on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president.
As the long process to amend Myanmar’s Constitution appears lost, The Irrawaddy sits down with lawmakers U Aung Thein and U Sai Tun Aye to look for a way out.
Parliament will vote on constitutional amendments next week. The most contentious are those put forward by NLD and ethnic MPs seeking to oust the military from politics.