Crowley, Chabot Condemn Rejection of Key Democratic Reforms in Burma
Military flexes muscle to uphold parliamentary veto power, maintain ban on Aung San Suu Kyi running for president
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY) and Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the statement below condemning the Burmese military’s successful efforts at preventing key changes that would help bring forward democratic reform in Burma and allow the people of Burma to choose their own leader:
“Today’s move by the Burmese military in the parliament only solidifies concerns that the country’s upcoming elections cannot be free, fair, or credible. While the results may not be surprising, they are deeply troubling.
“Without needed changes, Burma’s constitution, written under military rule and adopted through a farcical vote, continues to give major powers to the military instead of the people. Further, the government continues to maintain a narrowly crafted, arbitrary constitutional provision specifically designed to prevent opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from serving as president. Excluding an opposition candidate, not to mention the most popular politician in the country, undermines the upcoming elections in a fundamental way.
“The fact remains, stalled political reforms and backtracking in areas essential to peace and a genuine democratic transition are a threat to Burma’s future.”