Chan Wai Soe + Maung Htoo
The ruling National League for Democracy has set target for the amendment to much-criticised 2008 Constitution that is capable of designing democracy as it is of great importance for the people, said Nyan Win, spokesperson of the ruling NLD.
The remarks of the ruling NLD’s spokesperson came from the press conference following the Second Nationwide Conference of the NLD held in Nay Pyi Taw on June 24.
“Any differences have not been found between the protection and the amendment as to the Constitution. Tatmadaw will protect the Constitution as it has a lot of sectors. For us, the NLD, will amend the Constitution for designing democracy, not aiming at the Tatmadaw. We don’t aim at undermining the Tatmadaw. Democracy is of great importance for the people. Our aim is to amend the Constitution,” Nyan Win said.
The emergence of the Constitution capable of guaranteeing that the entire people live together peacefully and securely is one of the points stated in the 2015 election declaration of the NLD party.
“We hope for a peaceful settlement of amending the 2008 Constitution not harming the people,” Dr Zaw Myint Maung, Chief Minister of Mandalay Region, said.
“The amendment to the Constitution was one of the points described in the election pledges since the NLD participated in the 2012 by-elections. It is one of our policies. Therefore, this policy has to be settled politically. The principles will come out from the peace conference. They will be submitted to the Union Parliament. If the Union Parliament approves them, it will be the Union Accord. The amendment to the Constitution will include in it. Our NLD is certain to amend the Constitution and we already gave a promise to the people. We will seek the way not to harm the people for the amendment to the Constitution,” Dr Zaw Myint Maung said.
It is so hard to amend the Constitution as it has several restrictions. But the amendment to the Constitution is a policy we always stick to. It is not easy to amend the Constitution. But nothing is permanent in the world. No one is permanent, too. We are always trying to amend the Constitution. It will remain as our permanent policy as long as we can’t change the Constitution.
The Section 20 (f) of the 2008 Constitution states that the Defence Service is mainly responsible for safeguarding the Constitution.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut