Myanmar Parliament Approves Constitutional Amendment Committee Report

Charter report approved by Myanmar parliament

Myanmar’s Union Parliament voted Friday to approve a report by its Charter Amendment Committee. It recommended more than 3700 changes to the country’s constitution. The vote will allow parliament to begin drafting constitutional amendments.

Many of the committee’s recommendations would temper the power of the military over civilian politics. They have met strong opposition from the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and pro-military activists. They have protested charter reforms in recent months.

The military itself, which holds a constitution-mandated 25% of parliament seats, boycotted any discussions of the report. As constitutional amendments require a 75% majority vote, the military has effective veto power against proposed changes. In 2015, the military struck down the first and only proposed amendment of the constitution.

The proposed changes also include removing a clause that currently prevents State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from being appointed president.

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