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Delegates begin arriving for Myanmar constitutional convention

Delegates begin arriving for Myanmar constitutional convention

Delegates began arriving in the Yangon to resume work on Myanmar's constitution, a state-run newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The New Light of Myanmar reported that a group of delegates from Myanmar's northern Shan States arrived here Tuesday before being transported to Nyaung Hna Pin, about 45 kilometers (25 miles) north of the city, where the National Convention is due to begin Oct. 10.
The 1,000-plus delegate convention, billed by the ruling military junta as the first step in a seven-stage "road map" toward democracy, is supposed to lead to free elections, though no timetable has been set to complete the task. It will be reconvening after an eight-month hiatus.
Lt. Gen. Thein Sein, chairman of the meeting's Convening Commission and a leading member of the ruling junta, said in late July that the convention had then finished 75 percent of its work, having laid down guidelines for 15 proposed chapters for the new constitution.
Myanmar has been without a constitution since 1988, when the existing 1974 charter was suspended after the military violently suppressed mass pro-democracy protests.
Critics consider the proceedings a sham because the delegates were hand-picked by the military, and detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party are not taking part.
Her party won a landslide victory in a 1990 general election but the military refused to hand over power, claiming it had to first write a new constitution.
The junta first convened the National Convention in 1993, but it failed to make much headway and suspended its work. The convention was resurrected in 2004, starting its work from scratch.


Updated : 2020-12-01 17:18 GMT+08:00