Myanmar ruling party proposes constitutional amendment ahead of 2015 general election

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-12-31 12:05:30

Myanmar's ruling party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), has proposed to amend 73 provisions and annul 21 provisions with the 2008 Constitution ahead of 2015 general election, local media reported Tuesday.

The decision, adopted on Monday, the final day of its three-day central committee meeting, included proposed amendment to Section 59-f of the 2008 constitution which was drawn then to block opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.

The amendment paves way for Suu Kyi to be eligible to run for presidency by allowing her two sons to take Myanmar citizenship since her spouse, who was a British scholar, has died.

The Section 59-f states that "The president shall himself, one of the parents, the spouses, one of the legitimate children or their spouses not owe allegiance to a foreign power, not be subject of a foreign power or citizen of a foreign country. They shall not be persons entitled to enjoy the rights and privileges of a subject of a foreign government and citizen of a foreign country".

The USDP also proposed among others that "constitutional amendment can be made with 75 percent of affirmative vote of the parliament".

USDP will submit its suggestions on the amendment to the parliament's Joint Committee for Constitution Review on Tuesday.

However, a lawmaker of the USDP disclosed that he received over 50,000 signatures against the amendment with the section.

Meanwhile, the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) Central Committee announced that it will enter the upcoming general election in 2015 no matter if the constitution is changed or not.

Regarding the constitution issue, the NLD has been seeking public opinion polling in some regions, including Yangon, Kawhmu and Tharyawaddy since the past few months, in which the majority of the people showed support of amendment of the existing 2008 Constitution for a free and fair 2015 general election .

The NLD is also expected to submit to the parliament also its public opinions collected through the public pollings on Tuesday, a deadline set by the parliament's Joint Committee for Review of 2008 Constitution for acceptance of suggestions from the public, political parties and civil organizations on amendment of the constitution.

Moreover, the NLD has also sent a proposal to the president calling for a quartet talks involving Aung San Suu Kyi, the government, the parliament and the military for amendment of the 2008 constitution ahead of the 2015 general election.

Posted in: Asia-Pacific

blog comments powered by Disqus