Myanmar: Dr Seik's famous blog post being investigated by parliament (in English)

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Oliver Spencer

13 Feb 2013

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In the last few days, anonymous blogger "Dr Seik Phwar" has been a major focus of the Myanma parliament who have pushed a motion to out his identity.

More important than inflation, poverty and democratisation - and seemingly against President Thein Sein's wishes - Dr Seik is being hunted. Here is the famous blog post translated for the first time into English

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A bill to amend the law regarding constitutional court was discussed in today’s parliamentary session. The relevant provision in article 321 of the constitution is as follows :

“The President shall submit the candidature list of total nine persons, three members chosen by him, three members chosen by the Speaker of the Pyithu Hluttaw and three members chosen by the Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw, and one member from among nine members to be assigned as the Chairperson of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union, to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for its approval.”

However, the parliament made an amendment that the president must submit the candidate list for the position of the chairperson  of the constitutional court only after he has consulted with two chairpersons (national and  union) from the parliaments.

The president stated that  making such a change requires amendment of the constitution first in accordance with its procedures and regulations. However, the amendment was made through holding a vote on the issue in the parliament.

Likewise, when making amendments of the law as to the union chief for auditing, the president’s remark was thrown away  through a vote.

Legally speaking, such manners are called a violation of the constitution by those who took an oath to observe the constitution.

What a difficult procedure to follow! To make it easy, why not add the fact that whatever is stated and provisions are made in the constitution, decisions of parliamentary chairpersons and the likes of them through vote can only be confirmed in the constitution?

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