State Counsellor Bill passed by Lower House

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THE Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) has approved the State Counsellor Bill as approved without any amendment whatsoever by the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) yesterday despite opposition by Tatmadaw representatives.
Brig-Gen maung Maung, Col Aung Thiha, Col Tun Myat Shwe and U Thein Tun from Kyaunggon Constituency discussed 13 proposals concerning amendment.  ‘’As the Hluttaw did not consider our proposed amendments, we refused to vote’’, said Brig-Gen Maung Maung. This is the right of a representative not to vote, he added.
According to the military representatives, the title of the bill should be the president’s counsellor bill, and the counsellor should be accountable to the president not to the Hluttaw. Moreover, the expression Democratic federal Union should be replaced with the clause ‘the union where disciplined multi-party democracy is practiced as prescribed in 2008 constitution’.
In response to the objections raised by the military representatives, Speaker of Pyithu Hluttaw U Win Myint said, “We’re not doing just for our party or our party leader. What we are doing is in accord with the Pyithu Hluttaw Law and rules’’.
U Wai Hlaing Tun, a member of Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee also said, The State Counsellor Bill was drawn in accordance with Article 217 of 2008 Constitution. This bill does not affect separation of three branches of sovereign power. As the counsellor is to be assigned with duties by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the state counsellor shall be accountable to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. That’s why this bill should be approved as sent by the Amyotha Hluttaw’’.

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