Myan­mar Prez to amend Con­sti­tu­tion

The Asian Age - - World -

Naypyidaw, Myan­mar, March 30: Myan­mar’s new Pres­i­dent promised to amend the coun­try’s Army- writ­ten Con­sti­tu­tion in an in­au­gu­ral speech Fri­day, chal­leng­ing a char­ter that bans Aung San Suu Kyi from top of­fice and gives the mil­i­tary ma­jor pow­ers.

Win Myint, a 66- year- old for­mer po­lit­i­cal pris­oner and staunch ally of Suu Kyi, was elected pres­i­dent on Wed­nes­day af­ter his pre­de­ces­sor sud­denly re­signed. In his first ad­dress to par­lia­ment, the fa­mously straight- talk­ing Win Myint said he would fo­cus on the rule of law, na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and “amend­ing the con­sti­tu­tion to build a demo­cratic fed­eral union”.

The three is­sues are touch­stones of Suu Kyi’s Na­tional League for Democ­racy ( NLD) party.

But talk of amend­ments to Myan­mar’s 2008 con­sti­tu­tion is likely to rise heck­les among Myan­mar’s still- pow­er­ful gen­er­als. The army has ceded some power to the civil­ian ad­min­is­tra­tion, but re­tains 25 per cent of par­lia­men­tary seats and to­tal con­trol of se­cu­rity af­fairs un­der the char­ter.


Myan­mar’s Pres­i­dent Win Myint and State Coun­sel­lor Aung San Suu Kyi at the Par­lia­ment on Fri­day.

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