Saturday, June 21, 2014

Myanmar’s Parliamentary panel votes to retain ban on Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president

Posted by weekly on June 16, 2014
The Burmese opposition leader and former prisoner of the country’s junta, Aung San Suu Kyi .Photo by guardian

A parliamentary committee appointed to consider amendments to the constitution has voted overwhelmingly to retain a charter provision that would prevent opposition National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president because members of her family are foreign citizens.

More than 20 members of the 31-member committee voted on June 12 to retain Section 59(f) concerning eligibility to contest the president and five voted to amend it, a member of the panel told Mizzima on condition of anonymity.

The vote took place during the first week of this month, Mizzima reported on June 12. It is understood the vote took place on June 6.

“The committee has made its decision and it was in accordance with the democratic way,” the committee member said.

Of the committee’s 31 members, 14 are MPs from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, seven are unelected military appointees to the hluttaw, two are from the National League for Democracy and the rest are from minor parties, including those representing ethnic groups.

A central committee member of the USDP, Amyotha Hluttaw MP U Hla Swe, said amending Section 59(f) posed a huge challenge to the National League for Democracy.

“Our party is strong and it is only the National League for Democracy that has been pushing to amend Section 59(f),” U Hla Swe said.

“I said a long time ago that this section would not be easy to amend,” he said.

The parliamentary committee has met 16 times to consider amendments to the constitution since it was appointed on February 3.

The committee’s final recommendations will be decided by a vote in the Union parliament. source: mazzima

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