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PacNet #7 – Myanmar: Amending the Constitution, Elections, and the United States

The Myanmar parliamentary commission that is studying amendment of the Burmese constitution, approved by a flawed and manipulated referendum in 2008, will consider the more than 2,500 recommendations it has received in January 2014. Of these recommendations, 590 concern the first chapter of that document, which deals with fundamental principles of the state, including the extensive role and autonomy of the military, and citizens’ rights and privileges. The military designed the constitution to ensure its indirect, continuing control.