Myanmar Prez to amend Constitution
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.