Myanmar parliament to review charter
- Published: 20/03/2013 at 07:01 PM
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YANGON - Myanmar's parliament has agreed to set up a commission to review the 2008 pro-military constitution, a process that could eventually change the political landscape and allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to take the presidency.
Lawmakers say the two houses of parliament agreed unanimously Wednesday to look at the charter, which many consider undemocratic, and consider whether to implement changes.
Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy party has long said that the constitution is undemocratic because of provisions that allow the military to control a substantial percentage of parliamentary seats and disqualify Suu Kyi from running for the presidency.
However, lawmakers from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party say they want to change provisions concerning state governments to allow ethnic minorities increased self-rule.
Aung San Suu Kyi (AP Photo)
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