150 constitutional clauses should be amended, says NLD

150 constitutional clauses should be amended, says NLD

National League for Democracy (NLD) Central Executive Committee member Win Myint said on Friday that the party has prepared about 150 points or clauses that it will present as suggested amendments to the 2008 constitution.

He said the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) will meet on Saturday to discuss the constitutional amendments which they will then send to the parliamentary Joint-Committee for Reviewing the Constitution.

He said the party would recommend changing articles that are undemocratic, deprive citizens of their rights, are not in conformity with union principles, or provide unequal rights.

The joint-committee previously set a deadline of 15 November to submit recommendations but extended the date until 31 December.

The NLD has carried out a nationwide campaign in recent months aimed at convincing party members and voters to support its agenda of either amending or rewriting the constitution.

The NLD has claimed that their opinion polls show that 99 percent of 20,000 Rangoon voters interviewed said they favoured amending the constitution.

Among the major criticisms of Burma’s 2008 constitution is a provision that guarantees 25 percent of parliamentary seats to the military, and a severely prohibitive amendment process that requires 75 percent parliamentary approval for all changes.

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Burma’s current constitution also contains a clause that would prevent NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi from seeking the presidency in the upcoming 2015 elections by virtue of having been married to a foreigner and having two sons who have foreign citizenship.

Meanwhile, Suu Kyi’s personal physician says she has recovered sufficiently from her bunion operation and will be ready to resume her itinerary starting with a 6 January trip to Chin state.

Dr Tin Myo Win told DVB he had inspected the stitches on Suu Kyi’s foot from an operation to remove bunions and that she is now able to walk.

In another statement, NLD MP for Meikhtila township and former army officer Win Htein said that following a CEC meeting on Thursday, he has been assigned to head Suu Kyi’s security detail.

“Our duties are to stay close and provide security to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, same as what we have been doing, and to coordinate with local residents in towns she is visiting,” he told DVB. “Moreover, as she is a member of parliament, we will also be coordinating with local police and the Special Branch on matters relating to her security.”

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