Govt still faces challenges posed by constitution: Mandalay chief minister

Min Thant and Htay Hla Aung

The government has achieved some progress in its reform process since taking office two years ago, but there are still challenges that are difficult to address due to restrictions posed by the constitution, said Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr Zaw Myint Maung.

The chief minister made the remark during a press conference on the functions of the region government and the progress it had achieved in the second one-year period held in Mandalay on June 28.

"Asked if we are satisfied with what we have done in two years over the reform process, I would say yes. But to admit, we are not very happy with what we have done to satisfy the needs of the people. This is because we have no chance to do as we like. There are some restrictions posed by the constitution. There are also budget limitations. In the effort for regional development, there are still challenges that are untouchable and hard to address. We are still coping with this," said Zaw Myint Maung.

He said the budget allotted by the Union government would be mainly spent on village electrification and transport. The government would continue to try to amend the constitution enacted in 2008, he added.