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Myanmar's Lower House agrees to review constitution

English.news.cn   2013-03-16 07:40:04            

YANGON, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's House of Representative (Lower House) Friday agreed to a proposal of an MP of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) to form a commission or committee comprising multi-party representatives for reviewing the 2008 Constitution and make necessary amendment to it, parliament sources said.

The proposal, which said the constitution is no longer in line with the present era as reflected by the public, was submitted by Thura U Aye Myint, an MP from the Wetlat Constituency, who is also vice chairman of the USDP.

The 194-page 15-chapter Republic of the Union of Myanmar Constitution -2008, drafted in accordance with the detailed basic principles laid down by the National Convention, was formerly promulgated in May 2008 after a nationwide referendum approved the draft constitution.

Under the constitution, a multi-party democracy general election was held in November 2010, in which the USDP won the majority of the parliamentary seats with its party chairman U Thein Sein being elected as president of the new civilian government, thus ending the decades-long military rule.

In January 2012 after U Thein Sein's government took office in March 2011, the government amended the party registration law, legalizing the opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi who was freed from house arrest on Nov. 13, 2010.

The NLD took part in the by-elections on April 1 in the year, winning 43 out of 45 open parliamentary seats, of which 37, including Suu Kyi, with the Lower House.

The constitution reserves a quarter of the parliamentary seats for non-elected or directly-nominated MPs from the military.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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