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Those opposing charter change oppose democracy, says Suu Kyi

Publication Date : 04-06-2014


Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said those who do not want genuine democracy are trying to create disagreements between her party and the military.

She was giving a speech in Lewe town, Nay Pyi Taw, on Sunday where she defended the National League for Democracy (NLD) for wanting to change the constitution.

“We are not attacking the military, whose duty is to protect the country and people. Its protection is for us to be both physically and mentally secure. When the military was established, it regarded the people as parents,” said Suu Kyi.

“I am just urging the military not to take the role it shouldn’t take because I want it to be loved by the people. The MPs elected by the people must have their mandate to decide whether the constitution should be amended or not. The people for their part should have high political interest. Only then, will our country have a brighter future,” she added. 

The NLD chairperson then highlighted the need to amend the 2008 Constitution to ensure genuine democracy, adding that Section 436 plays a key part in the charter reform, which must take place in parliament.

She said 75 per cent of MPs must show their support to amend the constitution. In this regard, they must have the right to decide freely, she added.

“Those who don’t want to see genuine democracy are saying about prioritising internal peace over constitutional change. The process will be complete quickly if we are willing. Lots of reasons will come out if we are not willing. I want to say that those who don’t support charter change are those who don’t want democracy,” said Suu Kyi.

She also called on civil servants to sign in the petition in support of constitutional amendments, saying they could complain if there is any intimidation from the government.


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