Par­lia­ment de­bates con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment is­sue

Mizzima Business Weekly - - ETHNIC NEWS ROUNDUPS -

The 16th day meet­ing of the 13th reg­u­lar ses­sion of the Union Par­lia­ment in Nay Pyi Taw con­tin­ued de­bat­ing the Joint Scru­ti­niz­ing Com­mit­tee’s re­port on the Sec­ond Bill to Amend the Con­sti­tu­tion, re­ported the state-run news­pa­per The Global New Light of Myan­mar. The bill was sub­mit­ted by 145 MPs, in­clud­ing MP Dr Maung Tin of Meik­tila con­stituency. Firstly, MP San Myint ex­pressed his ap­proval of the re­port on the Sec­ond Bill to Amend the Con­sti­tu­tion. He said that the 2008 Con­sti­tu­tion needs to be amended in or­der to pave way for a Union based on demo­cratic and fed­eral val­ues, as wanted by the ci­ti­zens. He said care­ful anal­y­sis of the Con­sti­tu­tion showed that it con­sists of pro­vi­sions that were un­demo­cratic, in­co­her­ent, con­tra­dic­tory, and ob­struc­tive to sys­tems of democ­racy and fed­er­al­ism. He said the time was right for all law­mak­ers to muster the courage and wis­dom re­quired to re­al­ize the wishes of the na­tion, its eth­nic peo­ple and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Next, mil­i­tary MP Ma­jor Lwin Maung Soe said that the par­lia­ment and its con­duct need to ad­here to the en­acted laws and it was ev­ery rep­re­sen­ta­tive’s duty to ex­pose and pre­vent im­proper con­duct. He said he re­jected the bill re­port as the di­rec­tion it was pur­su­ing did not con­form with con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment pro­vi­sions as it is at­tempt­ing to merge two dif­fer­ent pro­cesses. And the re­port was fur­ther de­bated by sev­eral MPs in the ses­sion.

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