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Asia Times: Myanmar reform panel draws skepticism

Aung San Suu Kyi has long maintained that “genuine change” in Myanmar could only ever be truly achieved by reforming the country’s constitution. Indeed, the 2008 military-crafted charter has in effect baked junta influence into the Southeast Asian nation’s nascent political infrastructure and has locked Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party into an uneasy power share with stiff-necked generals ever since the NLD roared to a globally celebrated electoral victory in 2015. But when Myanmar’s legislature approved a motion this month to create what seemed like a promising parliamentary committee to look into constitutional reform, it was met with little fanfare.

(Myanmar's President-elect Win Myint, left, with leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, enters Parliament to take the oath of office in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, March 30, 2018. Myanmar sworn Win Myint, a longtime Suu Kyi loyalist, as the country's new president, who will continue his predecessor's deference to her as the nation's de facto leader. Image Credit: AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

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