November 16, 2017

Parliament approves signing of UN treaty

MPs discuss signing of UN treaty at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
MPs discuss signing of UN treaty at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Tuesday approved Myanmar’s signing of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, a multilateral treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966.
The session also recorded expenditure from the separate budget of the Union Budget Bill 2015, with the Joint Bill Committee reading the findings on the Union Budget Bill and Special Marriage Bill for Myanmar Buddhist Women.
MP U Thein Swe also urged the union government to provide effective and urgent aid to flood victims in Rakhine State, Kayin State and Bago Region, where torrential rains have fallen in recent days.
Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Bone Swe explained humanitarian work being carried out by the government to help flood victims.
Union Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe clarified the formation of Yangon and Mandalay Electricity Supply Boards as state-owned corporations.  Deputy ministers then discussed the law on farmer’s rights.
MPs and representatives from Defence Services also discussed bills amending and revoking some paragraphs in the Constitution, including adjustment on the terms of Union judges and the balance of the judicial, legislative and executive branches of power.

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