Published on Sunday, 09 June 2013 10:39
The chairman of the Zomi Democracy League party, Pu Chin Sian Thang has criticized the 2008 constitution for ignoring federal principles during a workshop in Yangon on Sunday.
Pu Chin Sian Thang raised the issue that the long-standing conflict between the government and many ethnic groups cannot be settled as long as the constitution ignores a federal law.
“There are many facts we can point out in the 2008 constitution, which includes no federal principle. Reading the constitution we find that under the title 'Basic Principles' the constitution does not stipulate a federal principle as many ethnic groups have requested," said Pu Chin Sian Thang.
Pu Chin Sian Thang also slammed the constitution for not being drafted according to public desires. He said the reason why no federal principle is included in the current constitution may be because those who wrote the constitution unwillingly excluded it just like their mentor, General Ne Win, who seized power in a military coup in 1962.
"All the people see federal system as the way to live together in peace under democratic rule," he added.
The workshop pushing for constitutional amendments is organized by a group of ex-political prisoners and has been held six times. The New Mon State Party will lead the discussion of the seventh workshop due on June 15th.
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