Controversy over the allocation of debating time caused a walkout of some CDA [Constitution Drafting Assembly] members, forcing yesterday’s session to be suspended for two hours. CDA member Chirmsak Pinthong led the walkout after 90 minutes of the morning session. He was trying to convince other members to back his bid to reject the existence of the Senate. He disagreed with the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), whose draft supports the parliamentary system with two bodies, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Chirmsak said history had proved neither non-elected nor elected senators had provided much benefit for the nation. Only the House was enough to run the legislative tasks because its committees and the Council of State had overseen and checked legal affairs, he said, adding it was unnecessary to have a Senate.
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- Life under Thailand’s 2016 constitution
- Beer barons and ballads in Myanmar
- Unity in (sexual) diversity?
- Hope and reality in a new Myanmar
- Stuck fast; review of Troubled transit
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Myanmar and the vote
- Buddhist extremism after the vote
21 December 2015 10:51 AM | 3 Comments
Have hardline monks lost their political power in Myanmar?Read More
- Myanmar’s tentative renaissance
15 December 2015 12:51 PM | No Comments
Interview with Giuseppe Gabusi on the economic, political and policy challenges ahead.Read More
- The fog of one man’s thinking
11 December 2015 1:19 PM | 1 Comment
Gregory Cathcart critiques Robert Taylor's views on ethnicity and voting in Myanmar.Read More
- Waking up to Myanmar’s new normal
09 December 2015 9:28 AM | 1 Comment
After their election win, the NLD grapples with competition and policy, writes Nicholas Farrelly.Read More
- ASEAN adjusts to a new democratic phenomenon
08 December 2015 12:00 PM | 2 Comments
Why the region should welcome Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar's new government.Read More
- The tour group and the vote
30 November 2015 2:27 PM | 3 Comments
Soaking up a historic moment in modern-day Myanmar.Read More
- Poor returns
27 November 2015 11:30 AM | No Comments
Seven key reasons ethnic parties polled poorly in Myanmar's election.Read More
- Keeping afloat after the ‘red wave’
27 November 2015 11:00 AM | 6 Comments
Battered by the ballot, can Myanmar's ethnic parties bounce back?Read More
- A silent minority
27 November 2015 11:00 AM | 2 Comments
Why ethnic parties didn't do better in Myanmar’s elections.Read More
- Chinese megaprojects and the vote
26 November 2015 5:04 PM | 1 Comment
Could controversial projects like the Myitsone dam be back on under NLD rule?Read More
- Myanmar after the vote: what happens next?
26 November 2015 8:56 AM | No Comments
Experts forecast what to expect in the wake of the NLD's landslide election win.Read More
- Sunshine and shadows
25 November 2015 9:22 AM | 2 Comments
After the NLD's Myanmar election win, Nicholas Farrelly asks what role is there for those who missed out on the chance to vote.Read More
- Getting to grips with the future
18 November 2015 9:20 AM | 1 Comment
What happens next will determine how much respect Myanmar’s reformers can demand from their own people, and from the rest of the world.Read More
- Hope, division and the vote
17 November 2015 8:00 AM | 4 Comments
A hopeful but divided country emerges from Myanmar's 2015 polls.Read More
- Buddhist extremism after the vote
- Hope and reality in a new Myanmar (4)
- Unity in (sexual) diversity? (2)
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- Life under Thailand's 2016 constitution (6)
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- Khemthong: So how to play bravely against the junta? Create a mob?
- Chris Beale: What a throwback to the last century this daft draft "constitution" is. Meanwhile very successful cyber attacks have happened against ...
- Beer barons and ballads in Myanmar (4)
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