Military charter veto could spark war: NLD

The constant refusals to amend the Constitution are increasing the danger of civil war with the armed ethnic organisations, says Myint Oo, a National League for Democracy MP.

Stop president picking top judge: MP

MP Aung Thein Lin of the Union Solidarity and Development Party is arguing that the executive has too much influence over the judiciary by selecting the union chief justice.

Students charged under Section 18 for charter change protest

University student leaders who led a protest calling for constitutional amendment and the abolishment of military seats from parliament on June 30 in downtown Yangon were charged with violating Section 18 of the penal code by law enforcement in Pabadan and Kyautada townships on July 1, according to a police officer in Yangon, Western District.

Referendum planned for election day

Thura Shwe Mann, the Union Parliament Speaker, has announced that MPs will submit a proposal to the Union Election Commission to jointly hold a referendum on whether to amend Section 59(d) of the Constitution and the election.

He said that more than 20 per cent of the representatives, led by MP Thein Zaw representing Myitkyina, Kachin State, submitted the bill on amending the Constitution on June 10.

Military MP opposes appointment of chief ministers by regional parliaments

In a parliamentary discussion on constitutional amendments yesterday, military-appointed MP Brigadier General Aung Kyaw opposed an amendment to Section 261, which would empower regional and state parliaments to appoint their own chief ministers.

The original text of Section 261 empowers the president to nominate regional and state chief ministers but requires local parliaments to confirm the president’s nominations.

Negotiation is needed to maintain ceasefire, says UWSA spokesman

Negotiations are necessary to ensure a long-lasting ceasefire between the Myanmar Army (Tatmadaw) and the United Wa State Party/the United Wa State Army (UWSP/UWSA), said UWSA spokesperson Aung Myint. 

The UWSA, after splitting from the Communist Party of Burma, reached a ceasefire agreement with the previous military junta in 1989. But according to local sources, tension has mounted after the government army arrested some Wa troops who were caught cutting wood in Mongton Township, Shan State, in early June.

Military MPs oppose changes to rules on presidency, parliamentary committees

Two military-appointed MPs demanded that sections 62, 63 and 64 of the constitution remain unchanged and that parliamentary committees not be regarded as Union-level organisations. 

The two military representatives made the proposal during a discussion on the bill to amend Section 436 in parliament yesterday. The bill proposes the removal of the aforementioned three sections and the recognition of parliamentary committees as Union-level organisations.

NLD: Myanmar should have only one post for vice president

Representatives of National League for Democracy (NLD) told the parliamentarians that Myanmar should have only one position for vice-president during the discussion to amend the constitution.

In the Section 62 and 63 of the constitution, it states that a President or vice-presidents. Dr Than Win of NLD suggests that instead of two vice-presidents, NLD advise to place only one position for vice-president.

Suu Kyi: voter lists come before party

The opposition National League for Democracy’s effort to educate the electorate is not for the party’s interest but to ensure the accuracy of the voter lists, according to its leader Aung San Suu Kyi.  

NLD demands meeting with election bosses

Leaders of the opposition National League for Democracy-formed township voter list scrutiny teams met to discuss the scale of errors in the preliminary voter lists and demand a meeting with the Union Election Commission (UEC).

“The NLD will demand to discussions with the UEC,” said Tun Tun Hein, executive member of the NLD. “Some authorities said correction forms could be used if errors were found. But how many will we need and what happens when they run out? We need to discuss many challenges with the UEC.”