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Amending Myanmar's charter: Minority parties aim to be heard

Ruling NLD's move to reduce military clout in Parliament reveals rift with ethnic minorities

Myanmar's Constitution is designed to forestall change without military approval, but that has not stopped the civilian government from trying. Predictably, this has raised tensions between ruling party National League for Democracy (NLD) and the military. Yet it has also exposed the rift between the ethnic Bamar-dominated NLD and ethnic minority parties, say analysts and politicians.

With about one year to go before the next general election, the NLD-dominated Parliament unexpectedly initiated a bid to amend the Constitution, forming a parliamentary committee this year to propose changes to the military-drafted charter.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2019, with the headline 'Amending Myanmar's charter: Minority parties aim to be heard'. Print Edition | Subscribe