Myanmar’s Parliament Votes to Approve Committee to Reform Constitution

Myanmar’s full parliament on Wednesday approved a motion to form a committee to draft amendments to the constitution, despite strong opposition by military legislators whose political power is guaranteed by the charter. The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) put forward an emergency proposal in late January to create the ad hoc committee to amend the military-drafted 2008 constitution that the party views as undemocratic. Military lawmakers oppose the move because it would likely diminish their political power, including their automatic quarter of the seats in the national and regional parliaments, a crucial veto over proposed constitutional changes, and control of three security and defense ministries. The charter also lets the military select one of Myanmar’s three vice presidents...........................

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