Thu 21 Mar 2013
Filed under: Military,News,Parliament
The Union Assembly yesterday approved a motion to form a committee or commission to review the 2008 Constitution.
The charter, which was drafted under the previous military government, effectively bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency by stipulating that the post cannot be held by anyone who is or has been married to a foreign national.
The move was approved by the Lower House on Friday after MP Thura Aye Myint, vice chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, submitted a motion urging Parliament to create a committee or commission to study and revise the charter. The proposal was approved without objection.
The Union Assembly also approved the motion after no MPs objected to it.
Union Assembly Speaker Khin Aung Myint urged MPs to provide suggestions about the review body that will be formed.
They can forward their suggestions to the director-general of Parliament by June 25, he added.
“The formation of a committee or commission will be decided by the Union Assembly as the points included in the proposal are very important.
So, the MPs are invited to suggest how a review committee or commission should be structured, what kind of people should get involved and what duties should be assigned to them,” Khin Aung Myint said.
He also said the suggestions should outline the duties and responsibilities of the committee’s members.