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Myanmar resumes constitution discussions

[JURIST] The military rulers of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] Tuesday resumed discussions on a new constitution [JURIST report] amidst criticism of the junta's role in the constitutional drafting process. The military has run Myanmar since 1962 and critics have noted that the talks so far have resulted in a draft that includes a continued leadership role [JURIST report] for the country's army, the Tatmadaw [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Most of the 1,000 delegates to the constitutional drafting convention were selected by the military, and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi [advocacy website; BBC profile] has been under house arrest [JURIST report] during the convention with her National League for Democracy (NLD) [party website] party refusing to participate.

The October session of the convention is expected to focus on elections, rules for political parties, and guidance for a "transition period" to a new government. Reuters has more.

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