Two new signatories become members of NCA

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Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than. Photo: MNA

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved the inclusion of two recent signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) yesterday, which had received the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s first approval on 8 December 2015.
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Lahu Democratic Union (LDU) signed an agreement to ink the NCA on 13 February 2018. Their signing must be approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, said U Tun Tun Oo, Union Attorney-General, during a clarification at the union parliament yesterday, in his capacity as a member of the National
Reconciliation and Peace Centre on behalf of the union government.
Earlier, the NCA between the government and eight ethnic organisations, signed on 15 October 2015, was approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on 8 December 2015.
Paragraph 26 of the NCA, which came into effect on 15 October 2015, mentions that the agreement shall be submitted to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, in accordance with the rules to seek approval.
In the meeting yesterday, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw also approved part-1 of the Union Peace Conference 21st Century Panglong, signed by leaders of the groups that attended the conference on 29 May 2017.
Following this, Secretary of the Joint Bill Committee Dr. Myat Nyana Soe submitted the findings and remarks of the committee about the Union Tax Bill 2018.
After the clarification, Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than invited the MPs to participate in the debate over the bill in the next meetings.
The union parliament also approved the National Planning Bill for six months, starting from April 2018.
Following some objections to the extension to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission, the issue was put to vote, and it was approved with 295 votes in favour and 179 against.
Later, Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe urged the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to approve the memorandum of understanding between ASEAN and Australia for cooperation in fighting international terrorism, sent by the President.
During the latter part of the meeting, the MPs debated over the issue submitted by the Ministry of Construction on borrowing 15 billion Japanese yen from the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

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