It is the first time the military has invited the former commander-in-chief since he was forced to retire from the military in 1976.
The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.
Myanmar’s President U Win Myint has quoted Gen. Aung San to demand the military stop meddling in politics during a ceremony to unveil a statue of the independence hero.
Like the NLD, the USDP once tried to amend the charter, launching its bid in Parliament in 2013. What are the key differences between the two parties’ approaches?
The obelisk at Panglong in Shan State marks the place where Gen. Aung San and ethnic leaders signed the landmark agreement in 1947 to restore independence from Britain.
Military-appointed MPs in Parliament object to a committee’s plan to have their charter-change proposals debated together with those submitted by the ruling party.
A leader of the local National League for Democracy chapter on Rakhine State’s Ramree Island was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen Saturday evening.
This week, The Irrawaddy and two veterans of Myanmar’s democracy movement discuss the military’s aversion to charter change, and how the ruling NLD should deal with it.
The leaders of Kachin parties say the 2008 Constitution must be reformed ahead of this year’s general election if further bloodshed is to be avoided.
Trade unionists in Myanmar are due to run in the 2020 general election because they say the National League for Democracy has let them down.
Among more than 100 proposed amendments submitted by the NLD, two in particular have the potential to remove the military’s power to block constitutional reform.
Lawmaker U Kyaw Zay Ya, dismissed by the National League for Democracy for “damaging the party’s image,” will serve as vice president for the People’s Pioneer Party.
Dr. Salai Ngun Cung Lian of the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Study says Myanmar’s lawyers failed to challenge genocide charges at the International Court of Justice.
The legitimacy of the 2020 election is threatened by the exclusion of millions of ethnic voters working overseas. Reforms are needed to ensure their participation.
The bills are backed by more than half of all lawmakers, except military MPs and their allies. The men in uniform complain the drafts don't represent their views.