August 18, 2016


Amyotha Hluttaw to discuss proposal to end fighting in Rakhine State

THE Second Amyotha Hluttaw resumed its 17th day session yesterday, approving an urgent motion to end fighting in Rakhine State. The parliament also submitted a bill to revoke the People’s Council Law and conducted a question-and-answer session.
U Wai Sein Aung of Rakhine State Constituency 1 put forward an urgent motion calling for an immediate end to the fighting between the Myanmar Defence Services (Tatmadaw) and the Arakan Army (AA) in Rakhine State. The motion also calls for bringing the AA into political dialogue.
In response to the urgent proposal, Brig-Gen Aung San Chit, a Tatmadaw-appointed MP, objected to the use of the term ‘AA Tatmadaw’ in the motion, saying  there is only one Tatmadaw in the country and that the AA is an insurgent group.
Moreover, he also protested the submitter’s comments, in which he said civilians were forced to become porters. The military MP denied that porters were conscripted on the ground.
Brig-Gen Aung San Chit suggested that talks with the AA be conducted in accordance with Nationwide Ceasefire Accord, calling for the executive body’s involvement in the matter in accordance with rules and regulations.
Despite the objections by military MPs, the urgent proposal was approved through the support of more than one-third of the representatives in parliament.
Also that day, U Zaw Min of Sagaing Region Constituency-6 put forward a bill to revoke the People’s Council Law (Law No 8/1974) to the parliament.
Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announced that the bill will be discussed in parliament after the Bill Committee produces a report on it.
According to the Bill Committee, the law promulgated in the time of the Burma Socialist Programme Party in 1974 is not in conformity with the 2008 constitution or the present situations in the country as Myanmar currently employs a multiparty democratic system.
During a question-and-answer session, U Aung Myint, a member of the Union Election Commission, replied to a question raised by U Aung Kyi Nyunt of Magway Constituency-4, saying monthly allowances for non-military members of sub-commissions would be disbursed following the approval of the Union Government Office and the Ministry of Finance.
In response to a question by U Kyaw Ni Naing of Shan State Constituency-11, the UEC member said it is hard to add contesting parties’ emblems and half body photos of candidates to ballot papers for future elections.
The UEC member also said the amount of election deposits will be increased if the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw calls for it.—Thein Ko Lwin


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