Myanmar vetos almost all amendment bills for constitutional change
Updated: 2015-06-26 08:52
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a news conference after a vote for changes to the section of the constitution that bars her from becoming president in Naypyitaw, Myanmar June 25, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]
NAY PYI TAW - Myanmar's parliament on Thursday vetoed almost all six sections of amendment bills except one for the 2008 constitution after three-day debate.
The only one section, which was voted in favor, is Section 59(d) dealing with the qualification of a presidential candidate.
The amendment bill proposes that the candidate shall be well acquainted with the affairs of defense instead of military.
Other amendment bills for the remaining five Sections -- 59 (f) , 436(a), 436 (b), 60 (c) and 418 (b) were turned down as the number of voters stood less than 75 percent, the percentage required to pass the bill.
The amendment bill for the Section 59(f), which deals with the eligibility to become president, proposes lifting ban only on a presidential candidate whose son-in-law or daughter-in-law shall not be foreign citizen and enjoy the privileges of a foreign government, but continues ban without change on a candidate whose spouse or one of the legitimate children is a foreign citizen and enjoy the privileges of a foreign government.