‘I do not oppose constitutional amendment,’ says Commander-in-Chief

Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces Min Aung Hlaing said he does not oppose constitutional amendment as long as it is done in accordance with Section 12 of the constitution. He spoke during an interview with Channel News Asia, whose reporter asked the general’s opinion on Section 436 and the guarantee of 25 per cent of parliament to military representatives.

“I do not disagree with constitutional amendment. We have to follow the amendment process in accordance with Section 12 of the constitution,” Min Aung Hlaing said.

He continued that public representatives from different classes drew the constitution. While the military representatives can suggest amendments, only the full parliament can pass them, he said.

The Commander-in-Chief said whether the military will carry on its duties in the future depends on the parliament’s performance in Myanmar’s democratisation process.

He said: “The constitution is the main source of laws for a country. Drawing a constitution must be based on the country’s history, culture, ethnics, geographical position and potential. Amending the constitution frequently is not good. A constitution needs to be strong. Since it is the constitution, we must consider amendments carefully.”