Burma’s Interim Govt Promises Representation For Ethnic Nationalities

By Network Media Group
Monday, April 19, 2021

The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) said members of the National Unity Government (NUG) will include more from Burma’s ethnic communities.

The shadow government consisting of lawmakers overthrown by the military regime during the February 1 coup promised to invite more ethnic nationalities. Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Mon, Chin and Ta’ang representatives already are included.

According to a statement during its April 16 launch, Burma’s former president, Win Myint, was appointed as the president of NUG and Duwa Lashi La, an ethnic Kachin, is the vice president.

Currently, the military is detaining Win Myint. Aung San Suu Kyi, also arrested, is the new government’s state counsellor, a position she held before the coup.

The “Interim” government plans to establish a political road map through its Federal Democracy Charter, revealed on March 31 after it announced the annulment of the controversial 2008 Constitution. The charter supports the formation of a federal union, which the ethnic nationalities have demanded for decades.

CRPH will be concerned with legislation while NUG will administrate. Additionally, CRPH will appoint officials for its judicial branch. A special committee will handle the formation of state and regional governments.