Pyidaungsu Hluttaw continues debate on constitution

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw representatives holding debate on issue of constitutional amendment.—mna
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw representatives holding debate on issue of constitutional amendment.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 19 Nov — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on Wednesday continued its debate on the report of the Constitutional Amendment Implementation Committee.
Representative U Myat Ko of Sagaing Region Constituency-12 was in favour of the system of appointing union ministers and deputy ministers from parliamentary representatives, saying that only then will the union ministers and deputy ministers be able to work in the interests of the people.
Representative Daw Khin Thanda of Tada-U Constituency said that efforts of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker and the representatives of the people were hindered by some discussions at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw which deviate from democracy principles and even demand the power to disband the parliament, pointing out that success can only be achieved through political dialogue as amending the constitution is not a legal debate but a democratic transition.
Defence Services Personnel Representative Lt-Col Thein Htut preferred conferring some legislative powers to state and region governments to contribute to equality and national unity of ethnic national races while another defence services personnel representative, Lt-Col Pe Kyaing, said he was against the insertion of the phrase “with the consent of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw” into Section 40 (c) of the constitution as doing so could hinder the commander in chief of defence services from exercising his powers in a state of emergency conferred by provisions of the constitution.
Daw Mi Myint Than of Ye Constituency encouraged the representatives to amend Section 436 of the constitution while Representative Dr Aye Maung of Rakhine State Constituency-1 urged those who are against amending the constitution to drop their stance in the interests of the nation and the people.

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