Tue 20 May 2014
Filed under: Inside Burma,Naypyitaw,News
The implementation committee for constitutional amendments met for the second time on May 19 to discuss how to amend Section 436 on the 2008 Constitution.
“Today’s meeting mainly focuses on the amendment to Section 436. I can say no more than that,” said a lower house MP who is a member of the committee.
The meeting started at 10 am and ended at around 4 pm. The committee is tasked with making amendments and ensuring that appropriate clauses remain as they are. It is also responsible for drafting a bill to amend the constitution.
Section 436 (a) of the 2008 Constitution says that any amendments must have prior approval of more than seventy-five percent of all the representatives in parliament, after it must be approved by a majority in a national referendum.
“I mainly would like to urge the army to think how the country can develop if the Section 436 is not amended? This section gives special privileges to those from the army. This is the reason why we are unable to amend important sections of the constitution without the approval of defence services,” said opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the public rally in Yangon on May 17.