Nearly 5M sign up for changing Myanmar charter

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Posted: Aug 06, 2014 8:07 AM
Nearly 5M sign up for changing Myanmar charter

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has collected nearly 5 million signatures in support of changing Myanmar's military-drafted constitution and challenging the military's dominance in parliament.

Suu Kyi's party has set a priority on changing an article in the 2008 constitution that requires a 75 percent parliamentary approval to amend major chapters of the charter. The military occupies 25 percent of the seats.

National League for Democracy party spokesman U Nyan Win said Wednesday the campaign for signatures was a success since it was done under pressure and intimidation by authorities.

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The campaign was launched nationwide on May 27 and ended on July 19.

The party will submit the list of signatures to parliament where a committee can suggest changes.