Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Myanmar political study group urges support of constitutional referendum

YANGON, March 2 (Xinhua) -- A political study group in Myanmar Sunday called on its members and the public to vote in favor of a constitution draft in the forthcoming nationwide referendum scheduled for May.

The Modern Scientific Political Economy Study Group (MSPEG) told a monthly regular meeting here that if cooperating with the military government, the transition to democracy system could be realized earlier and the process could also be possible in a peaceful manner.

The group objected foreign sanctions on Myanmar, saying that if a country is so imposed, it would only bring about increased poverty of the people and social unrest that could prolong the dictatorship.

With an aim of studying modern capitalism and socialism, the MSPEG was formed in October 1980 having over 10,000 members now, the group said, adding that it has held some 33 political activities across the country in 2007, and two in February this year in support of the forthcoming government-planned constitutional referendum in May and general election in 2010.

The ruling Myanmar military government, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), enacted on Feb. 26 a 12-chapter 31-provision 2008 Republic of Union of Myanmar Referendum Law and setup a commission for a nationwide constitutional referendum following the completion of the constitution draft on Feb. 19.

The referendum is to pave way for a general election slated for2010 under the government's seven-step roadmap to transform the military administration into a civil one.

The new constitution had been drafted since Dec. 3 last year, based on the detailed basic principles laid down in the years-long national convention which started in 1993 and ended in September last year. That national convention was participated by over 1,000delegates coming from eight categories of delegate groups including national races and turned-in former anti-government ethnic armed groups.

(အခုမွ ေနေကာင္းလို႔ ႐ုံးျပန္တက္တာ လုပ္စရာေတြကလည္း မ်ားနဲ႔ ဘာသာမျပန္အားေသးလို႔ ဘိုလိုပဲ တင္ေပးလိုက္တယ္ဗ်ာ။)

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