National League for Democracy representatives say military-appointed lawmakers are holding ‘unethical’ meetings with voters from elected lawmakers’ constituencies.
Will the current transition lead Myanmar back into authoritarian rule, or is the country on the verge of finally breaking its historical cycle of thwarted opportunities?
This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the reasons the government has yet to convene the National Defense and Security Council, and the implications for the country.
As insurgent threats mount, the military’s calls for a top-level security meeting grow louder.
Under the 2008 Constitution, if the USDP and its allies win 26 percent of Parliament seats, the army chief could become president without even running for office.
Military MPs, parliamentary allies propose charter changes that would allow the NDSC, which is already dominated by generals, to push for parliamentary dissolution.
Critics say draft bill seeks to keep Daw Aung San Suu Kyi out of govt if NLD wins another term in next year’s election; proposal covers Union ministers, chief ministers.
A military lawmaker in Myanmar invoked language from previous dictator Sen-Gen Than Shwe to imply the country’s democracy is ‘chaotic’ and dependent on the military.
Opposition says signing ICCPR would erode national sovereignty, and questions NLD lawmaker’s authority to submit proposal in Lower House.
NLD renegade and two members of Rakhine party quit to voice their disapproval with the panel’s process for drafting the amendment bill.
At a meeting on Aug. 29, lawmakers, legal experts and govt officials agreed the crop has many potential benefits, but said more research is necessary.
MEHPCL denies claims made in Parliament by the deputy electricity and energy minister that the firm violated tender guidelines and set its prices too high.
The military-drafted charter, which the ruling party seeks to amend, allowed a peaceful handover by the previous administration, Maj. Thuzar Shwe says.
In 2015 the NLD derailed ex-junta chief Sen-Gen Than Shwe’s master plan; there is little to suggest the military’s allies could win the 2020 vote legitimately.
Military-appointed and USDP lawmakers renewed their opposition to the Charter Amendment Committee, a means of amending Myanmar’s Constitution created by the NLD.