President Thein Sein urges MPs to protect constitution

09 February 2016
President Thein Sein urges MPs to protect constitution
Myanmar president Thein Sein delivers a speech during the Peace Conference at the Myanmar Convention Center in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 12 January 2016. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein called on lawmakers on Monday to safeguard the country’s constitution by amending or nullifying existing laws only in accordance with the charter’s terms, RFA reported on 8 February.
The move comes amid widespread local media reports that the new National League for Democracy (NLD) party-led parliament could soon suspend a provision barring pro-democracy politician Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.
Thein Sein’s comment came a day after two pro-government television channels—Sky Net and Myanmar National Television—reported that “positive results” could come from negotiations between NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi and military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing about the suspension of Article 59(f).