State legislators agreed to debate a proposal that would urge the Union government to find a way to end the fighting between the Myanmar military and AA in northern Rakhine.
The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.
Will the military abide by U Than Shwe’s pledge to allow reform after ‘a few years’ of the party’s rule?
Daw Thet Thet Khaing says no progress has been made in the year since she first tried to shine a light on state agencies’ murky finances
Ruling party proposed forming a committee so that no side would lose face, NLD lawmaker says.
The Irrawaddy breaks down the constitutional reform committee's path to approval in graphics and numbers.
Nearly 67 percent of lawmakers voted to form the committee, which will be chaired by Parliament Deputy Speaker U Tun Tun Hein.
Of the 30 lawmakers who joined Tuesday's debate on whether to form the committee, only five — all from the military-backed USDP — objected.
36 lawmakers scheduled to take part, but not a single military appointee is among them
The Irrawaddy interviews U Aung Kyi Nyunt, the NLD lawmaker who proposed in Parliament this week for a committee to be formed to work on changing the troublesome 2008 Constitution.
"If we participate in the debate, it would be interpreted that we approve the proposal,” one military lawmaker said.
Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing said the Constitution, which gives the military veto power over any changes, should be amended "when it is necessary."
The NLD’s move to amend the Constitution is a first small step in what will surely be a difficult journey.
Tense scenes inside Parliament as military lawmakers challenge Speaker over legality of move
In his first meeting with reporters since the scandal broke, U San Min Aung said he pocketed none of the money earmarked for vehicle purchases and actually spent some of his own.