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Burmese Union Assembly speaker backs down


Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese Union Assembly Speaker Khin Aung Myint on Friday cancelled his own motion regarding sending bills approved by the Union Assembly suspected of not being in line with the Constitution to the Constitutional Tribunal to undergo scrutiny before being forwarded to the president for approval.
 
Upper House Speaker and Union Assembly Speaker Khin Aung Myint Photo: Mizzima“The Union Assembly is aimed at leaving a good legacy and showing that it also takes the Lower House into consideration,” the state-run Newspaper New Light of Myanmar quoted Speaker Khin Aung Myint as saying.
 
On October 28, Speaker Khin Aung Myint made the decision regarding the Constitution Tribunal, but the move caused disagreement between the two parliamentary houses.

On November 1, Dr. Soe Yin, a member of the Parliament Rights Committee of the Lower House, submitted a motion “to appeal against and overturn Speaker Khin Aung Myint’s decision because it is not in line with the Constitution and parliamentary laws.”

House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann supported Dr. Soe Yin’s motion, saying, “The decision in the Union Assembly damages the reputation of the Parliament.”

On November 3, Speaker Khin Aung Myint told the Upper House, “Until the Union Assembly approves the motion, it’s incomplete, and so anyone who condemns the incomplete decision and the Speaker can be punished.”

He said that submitting the disagreement to the Union Assembly would not be allowed because it could question the speaker’s rightful decision.
 
However, the case came up again in the Union Assembly on Friday, leading to Speaker Khin Aung Myint to personally cancel his decision.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 November 2011 17:56 )  

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