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Protesters in Myanmar’s Bago Region Call For Abolishment of Military-Drafted Constitution

More than 100 people in south-central Myanmar’s Bago region staged a protest on Tuesday calling for the abolishment of the country’s 2008 constitution, in a reprise of grassroots demonstrations demanding the scrapping of the military-drafted charter that filled the streets before Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian party came to power. One lawyer and four members of the People’s Advocacy Network gave speeches at the demonstrations in Paungde township demanding renewed efforts to change a charter that gives the military a veto over key state policies despite the formal end of military rule. “We gave speeches at the Yangon-Pyay junction on abolishing the 2008 constitution,” said Khin Maung Hlaing, Member of the township’s People’s Advocacy Network. Protest leaders said they will hold another rally in western Bago and one with residents from six townships in Pyay district. State Counselor’s Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), which came to power two years ago, had pushed for changes to the 2008 constitution to dilute the military’s political power when it was the main opposition party under the quasi-civilian government of former President Thein Sein....................

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