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Suu Kyi urges ‘respect’ in constitutional tribunal standoff

Any solution to the standoff between the Burmese Parliament and the Constitutional Tribunal must be settled in a manner fair to both sides, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said this week.

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in the Burmese Parliament, in this file photo.  Photo: Mizzima
Aung San Suu Kyi speaks in the Burmese Parliament, in this file photo. Photo: Mizzima 
Both sides should seek a “far-sighted, agreeable” solution to the dispute, which concerns the tribunal's March 28 ruling that parliamentary committees are not union-level bodies.

“When resolving a problem, we need to take into account whether the way we are resolving it corresponds with democratic standards,” she said, according to an article in the Myanmar Times on Tuesday.

“If the way is correct, then the reputation of our country will be enhanced and the people will respectfully accept the outcome of it … both sides need to be satisfied that it has been settled according to the law. Both sides need to respect each other.”

She told lawmakers, “You should not accuse the other side of being wrong just because they have a different view from you. We should respect and try to understand each other's view,” she said.

“Countries where democracy is being practiced have to work to balance the executive pillar, legislative pillar and judicial pillar.”

She said it is common for debates to arise about important issues.

“Similarly, it is not uncommon that there are controversies over a constitution … but what is really important is to work out how we deal with it,” she said.

San Suu Kyi made her comments during a discussion of a proposal that “the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw should urge the constitutional tribunal to declare that its ruling was wrong.”

Twenty-six representatives discussed the proposal, with 13 civilian MPs declaring their support for it and three Tatmadaw representatives opposing it.

The motion was approved 447 votes to 168, with four abstentions.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 September 2012 12:59 )  

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