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MNP Join NLD in Calling for Amendment of Article 436

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Poster Calling for Amendment to Article 436
Poster Calling for Amendment to Article 436
Minn Lyonn – The Mon National Party (MNP) will join the National League for Democracy (NLD) to call for amendment to article 436 of the 2008 constitution, which gives the army a veto on any constitutional changes.

Article 436 states that any amendment to the constitution requires the support of at least 75 percent of parliament and then has to be approved by at least half the voters in a nationwide poll.

Because 25 percent of parliamentary seats are taken by un-elected serving military officials the army can effectively block any constitutional change that elected MPs would like to vote through parliament.

The NLD asked the MNP to join their campaign to amend Article 436. The MNP agreed to do so at an emergency executive meeting on 4th June at its main office in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State.

Dr Min Kyi Win Joint Secretary (1) of the MNP said: “We at the MNP will back amending any charter or part of the 2008 constitution. The NLD has offered to join the MNP and help organize campaigns to get signatures from the public for a petition to amend Article 436.”

He also said that at the last Mon National Conference the MNP had decided to call for amendment of the entire 2008 constitution, not just article 436.

Dr Min Nwe Soe is the General Secretary of the All Mon Regions Democracy (AMDP) and the Mon State Minister of Economy and Planning. He said the AMDP does not completely accept the 2008 constitution. It wants to see some articles slowly amended and was monitoring the situation in relation to the amendment of Article 436.

He said: “We have already submitted to the Hluttaw (Parliament) which articles of the 2008 constitution we would like to see amended. If we look at article 436 there are some problems with amending it. If we can amend this article [436] it would be easier to amend other articles. Article 436 must be amended, but we want the reforms to come slowly and peacefully.”

Across the country the NLD and the 88 Generation Peace and Transparency Society Group are organizing campaigns, distributing pamphlets, holding public meetings and giving public speeches about Article 436. They are also asking people to sign a petition calling for amendment of Article 436.

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