August 19, 2016

State Counselor Bill passes Pyithu Hluttaw despite opposition

view (1)DESPITE opposition from MPs representing the Tatmadaw and the Union Solidarity and Development Party the State Counselor Bill was passed by a majority vote in the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) yesterday.
The bill, approved by the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) passed through the Pyithu Hluttaw in a secret vote after debating over 13 amendments to the bill designed to create the post of ‘state counselor’ for Union Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Before the secret vote, Defense Services representatives in the Pyithu Hluttaw informed the Speaker they intended to be absent during the vote and followed through with their statement when the vote was taken.
Some members, however, stood up to object while the Speaker sought oral replies from parliamentarians to approve the bill.
The bill was ultimately passed by the Parliament in accordance with rules and regulations of the Pyithu Hluttaw Law. — Myanmar News Agency


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