The amendments want regional and state legislatures, instead of the president, to appoint state and regional chief ministers. They also seek to reduce the authority of the president to form regional and state governments.
Under the 2008 constitution, the president is allowed to make changes and additions and specify the number of ministers in regions and states. The amendments want to require the approval for such changes not only of the state or regional hluttaws but also of the chief minister.
U Maung Thin, MP for the USDP, who has taken the lead in pushing for the amendments, said the aim of the changes is to strengthen the Union system and the chief ministers.
The amendments would also terminate state and regional chief ministers and ministers if they fail to protect the constitution.
The bill was submitted by 40 MPs of the USDP and 105 military MPs in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union). Before discussing the bill in the assembly, a joint committee will study it in detail.
Amendments to these sections of the constitution require the consent of more than 75 percent of the assembly’s MPs.