Constitutional amendment bill needs approvals of more than 476 MPs

The Join Bill Committee in the Union parliament suggested that the constitutional amendment bill should require the votes of more than 476 members of parliament out of a total of 634, and voting must be transparent.
Committee chairperson Nanda Kyaw Swar read out an analysis report on Section 436(A) and (B) of the draft of the constitutional amendment bill at the Union parliament session in Nay Pyi Taw on June 16. 

Suu Kyi satisfied with China trip

The National League for Democracy's chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi says she is satisfied with her China tour and might divulge more details about it soon.

"The NLD is working for the country. It's not working for itself only. Everything with this visit was OK. I'm satisfied with it," Suu Kyi told reporters on June 15.

"I will consider whether I should make a press conference about it. We will have a central committee meeting," she said.

MP Phyo Zayar Thaw, who was also on the visit, said it was a success.

NLD claims 40% voter list inaccuracy

Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann met voters in Pyinmana to respond to claims by Win Naing Oo, secretary of the city National League for Democracy (NLD), of numerous mistakes in the voter lists.

“The voter lists for Pyinmana townships and villages contained many mistakes at the first announcement. We would like, through the kind request of the Speaker, to reduce the amount of mistakes as much as possible before the second announcement of the list is made. The NLD will be working in cooperation throughout the process,” said Win Naing Oo.

Suu Kyi welcomed home

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has returned to Yangon after her five-day trip to China. Supporters welcomed her at Yangon International Airport with placards saying she must become president this year.

On June 11, Chinese President Xi Jinping met her in Beijing and called for a more consistent bilateral relationship despite any domestic changes.

Suu Kyi said she wanted stronger ties between her National League for Democracy (NLD) and the Chinese Communist Party and its president.

Arakan candidates waiting for white-card resolution

The Arakan National Party has chosen its candidates for the 2015 election in eight of the 17 townships in Rakhine State, according to general secretary Tun Aung Kyaw, adding that other electoral hopefuls would have to wait until the voting rights of former white-card holders or so-called “immigrants” was resolved.

The selection of candidates has taken place in 17 townships across Rakhine State, with the process being completed in Rathedaung, Ponnagyun, Mrauk-U, Minbya, Kyauktaw, Myebon, Ann and Ramree.

States, regions must pick own leaders: ethnic MP

Upper House MP Dr Banyar Aung Moe welcomed the bill to amend the Constitution, saying state and regional chief ministers should be chosen by their parliaments, not the central government, to ensure the nation becomes a democratic federation. 

The All Mon Regions Democracy Party MP said: “The regional and state chief ministers must be chosen by the regional parliaments and then the president can approve the position. Before the president nominated them and the parliaments had to approve them.”

Ready to discuss six-party talks: president’s spokesman

A meeting on holding more six-party talks will be held if everyone comes to Yangon, according to presidential spokesman Ye Htut.

“As you know, they are travelling. At present, elder sister Aung San Suu Kyi is in China. If those people will come here, we are going to negotiate with each other. We don’t know the patron [Thura Shwe Mann] ’s tour programme in advance. If Aung San Suu Kyi will return here, we are going to negotiate a time. Last month, nearly all of them were on trips,” said Ye Htut.

Activists demand better prison health care

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has called on the government to provide better health care in prisons.

It said health conditions in prisons were deteriorating significantly, especially for political prisoners. It pointed to the two student activists, Khin Hlaing and Tin Win, who recently needed hospital treatment. The pair were detained at the March 10 crackdown on students. 

Last voter lists announced on June 22

The Union Election Commission (UEC) will announce the last voter lists for Kachin and Rakhine states and other townships on June 22.

Representatives of Rakhine’s Buddhist community said they were closely monitoring the lists to see whether white-card holders, defined as immigrants without the rights of citizenship, were included in the voter lists.

Suu Kyi meets Chinese president

The chairperson of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday afternoon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. 

President Xi Jinping usually receives state leaders at the Great Hall of the People.