KNU official-No one accepts Constitution


An official from the Karen National Union (KNU), one of the largest ethnic armed groups in Myanmar, has said that no one accepts the current constitution that was enacted in 2008.

KNU central executive committee member Phado Mahn Nyein Maung made the comment when asked by reporters on the sidelines of an October 20 press conference organized by the KNU in response to the recent bombings.

“You all know about the 2008 Constitution. It was drafted under very strict guidelines. It has so many weaknesses that no one can accept it. The ethnic groups don’t accept it, either. The president himself has shown this stance, saying that the constitution would be amended as it had weaknesses. If the constitution is amended, I believe it will become suitable for the nation and the people,” said Mahn Nyein Maung.

During the press conference, he also said the KNU would be the first to sign a nationwide ceasefire accord if it happens as planned by the government.

Asked about the KNU’s stance on the ongoing efforts for constitutional amendments by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, Mahn Nyein Maung made no reply but asked for clarification of her attitude towards the ethnic minorities.

KNU officials have met three times with President Thein Sein and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.


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