Myanmar state counselor stresses people's role in constitution amendment

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-08 10:23:49|Editor: Xiang Bo
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YANGON, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has stressed the important role of the people in constitution amendment, saying that steps were being taken at the parliament in the move.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who is chairperson of the Central Committee for Development of Border Area and National Races, made the remarks during her trip to Htamanthi village, Homalin township, northwestern Sagaing region on Thursday where she met with local people, according to Sagaing regional government sources on Friday.

"People were needed not to forget their role in the country as the role of each and every citizen was important not only in Myanmar but also in other countries," she said.

"Measures taken by members of parliament represented the people and every issue in the country concerns each and every citizen," she added.

Myanmar's Union Parliament formed a joint committee on Feb. 19 to implement steps for amending the 2008 constitution.

Chaired by U Tun Tun Hein, deputy speaker of the Union Parliament, the joint committee comprises 45 representatives from political parties and the military proportionately.

The joint committee is tasked to amend the stipulations in the constitution in line with democratic standard and amend those prescribed in the constitution hindering the implementation of multi-party system in the changing era.

It is also tasked to amend those one-sided stipulations in the constitution that fail to protect the citizens' rights of equality and fail to guarantee the holding of free and fair election.

As a follow-up, the parliament also formed a joint committee to study the 2008 constitution amending draft bill before it is discussed in the parliament.