The Constitution

The 2008 Constitution is often burned outside Burmese embassies around the world. The KIA Chief of Staff uses it as a foot rest.  Needless to say it is not thought of highly by the Burmese civilians or the ethnic groups.

One reason is the current constitution guarantees 25% of the seats in the Parliament to un-elected military officers while requiring over 75% for any constitutional changes, making it impossible for elected civilians to change the constitution.

Read Human Rights Watch’s concise Chronology of Burma’s Constitutional Process for a good overview.  Also see HRW’s more detailed report titled “Vote to Nowhere