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  • November 26, 2014

    Tatmadaw 'is still needed'

    ... the military-drafted constitution. Key sections would then not be amended before the 2015 general election, which means opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains blocked from a presidential bid. "In our country, parliament needs the Tatmadaw because the Tatmadaw was born simultaneously with the country...

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  • November 24, 2014

    Tatmadaw is still needed: military MPs

    ... the military-drafter constitution. Key sections would then not be amended before the 2015 general election, which means opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains blocked from the presidential race. "In our country, the parliament needs the Tatmadaw because the Tatmadaw was born simultaneously with the...

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  • November 20, 2014

    Constitutional amendment will proceed

    ... committee released a report recommending the amendment 210 of 457 total sections of the constitution, including Section 59(F), which bars Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency. The committee also suggested amending Section 436, which bars any reform of the charter without full military approval. Representatives...

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  • November 20, 2014

    Slap in the face for Obama as Myanmar military dictates again

    ... issues and has seen its reform efforts slow. Hopes for reform embodied by the release of the country's iconic opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi,from house arrest in 2010 and election to Parliament have faded amid reports of widespread human rights abuses, including what some watchdog groups call...

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  • November 19, 2014

    Peace and stability assured without charter changes: military MPs

    ... - whose veto on charter change is guaranteed by the constitution - spoke out against amending a clause which bans opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from high political office, during the heated debate that could have a major bearing on the countryโ s future after crucial 2015 elections. On November...

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  • November 19, 2014

    Myanmar parliament throws doubt on Suu Kyi's presidential chances

    Lower house chairman Shwe Mann reaffirmed his intent to runfor president himself and said amendments to the constitution,which bars Suu Kyi and gives the military a legislative veto,could only be changed after a new parliament convenes after thepoll late next year. Shwe Mannโ s comments are likely to cause...

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  • November 19, 2014

    Suu Kyi party admits 'cannot win' fight to change constitution

    "Calculate the ratio mathematically. We cannot win (the fight to change key sections of the constitution)," party spokesman Nyan Win told AFP, explaining that an effective army veto in parliament meant it would not prevail in its efforts to overhaul the charter in an ongoing debate in the legislature...

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  • November 19, 2014

    Suu Kyi party admits cannot win fight to change constitution

    ... the ratio mathematically. We cannot win (the fight to change key sections of the constitution)," he told AFP, listing both the clause that bars Suu Kyi and the one that gives the military the final say on amendments. "So why are we working for it Because we believe in democracy," he added, in some of...

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  • November 18, 2014

    'Ruling MPs, not the opposition', spotlighting Myanmar govt failings

    ...'t seen the opposition point out weaknesses in the administration. If the opposition is able to push the government, reforms can go ahead. Aung San Suu Kyi can do this. Regarding the rule of law, she can call and ask concerned ministers. She is an influential parliamentarian." An MP, who asked not...

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  • November 18, 2014

    Myanmar army bristles against constitutional amendment

    Military representatives - whose veto on charter change is guaranteed by the constitution - spoke out against amending a clause which bans Suu Kyi from high political office, during a heated debate that could have a major bearing on the country's future after crucial 2015 elections. "I would like you all...

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