August 19, 2016

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw votes to postpone constitutional referendum

Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein. MNA
Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein. MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 22 July — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Wednesday voted in favour of postponing a constitutional referendum until after the 8 November general election.
The referendum on Section 59 (d) of the Constitution had been scheduled to be held in conjunction with the election, but the Union Election Commission proposed holding it separately at a later date.
The referendum will ask voters whether the term “military” in the section — which states the president of the union “shall be well acquainted with the affairs of the Union such as political, administrative, economic and military” — should be changed to “defence.”
A majority of MPs backed the UEC proposal, saying the concurrent staging of the referendum with the election would pose several difficulties but would not reduce costs significantly.
The Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw earlier this month said he would send a proposal to the Union Election Commission to hold a referendum on amendment of Section 59 (D) alongside the parliamentary elections on 8 November.
In budget matters, MPs also discussed the Public Account Joint Committee’s report on the national budget for the second half of fiscal 2014-2015.
Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein said the government is making plans to reduce the number of its loans from the Central Bank of Myanmar. MNA


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