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.
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.
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.
After nearly a week of tense debate, the Parliament Speaker announced that MPs will begin voting on March 10 on whether to accept proposed amendments to the Constitution.
During the House charter debate, a USDP lawmaker claimed the US presidency is restricted to Christians—a claim so outlandish the US Embassy felt compelled to correct it.
Parliament Speaker T Khun Myat told lawmakers to stop making inflammatory remarks or face lawsuits as the first week of debate on constitutional amendment comes to an end.
Just over one-third of military lawmakers who registered for the debate will be allowed to participate.
The Lower House has voted in support of an election commission proposal requiring military personnel and their families to cast their votes outside military barracks.