NLD request quadripartite talks on constitution

NLD request quadripartite talks on constitution

Burma’s leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), said it sent letters on Monday to the President, the parliament and the military commander-in-chief, requesting a quadripartite meeting.

NLD spokesman Nyan Win said the party wants to find a solution via political means to its proposal of amending the 2008 constitution.

“According to our public surveys, the majority of people wish to see the constitution amended, and peace will not prevail unless this happens,” he said. “That’s why we are calling for a political discussion on the issue.”

When contacted by DVB, presidential spokesman Ye Htut said he could not comment on the NLD proposal as the letter was yet to arrive at the President’s Office.

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“However, generally it has been always maintained, according to the constitution, that any amendments must be initiated by the Union Parliament,” he said.

The NLD made the decision to call for the quadripartite meeting at its Central Executive Committee meeting on 23 November.

The NLD has been conducting surveys among public gatherings in Rangoon and other parts of the country where, it claims, the vast majority of people who answered their questionnaire said they wished to see the constitution amended as opposed to completely rewritten.

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