Constitutional Law & Civil Rights

Amendment Committee starts Meetings at First Chapter of Constitution

Date: 26 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

The Joint Committee for the amendment of the 2008 Constitution will start its discussions with the first chapter of the document.

“We’re going to start from the chapter “Basic Principles of the Union”. Those who want to amend it and those who do not were required to register on Monday. On Tuesday, we’ll start discussing the sections to be amended,” said U Aung Kyi Nyunt, a member of the committee who submitted the proposal to amend the constitution to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) on January 29.

“We won’t discuss everything in detail. We’ll discuss what things will be amended, what things will not, how to amend them, and collect the opinions of the organisations represented by the committee,” he said, adding that anyone who wants to can submit opinions on chapters 2 and 3 in advance.

The second meeting of the committee on Monday was attended by all parties and Tatmadaw (military) MPs, committee secretary U Myat Nyana Soe said.

The report on the amendments must be submitted by July 17, and the committee has agreed to meet even when the hluttaw is not in session, he said.

Two military MPs and one from the Arakan National Party were absent from the meeting, as they were away on a foreign trip assigned by the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House).

Asked about the meeting, military MPs declined to answer.

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