A verdict!

Myanmar’s Constitutional Tribunal issued a ruling in its second case! (I’m still not quite sure what happened to the first case and find no record of a final decision online). The tribunal ruled that several sections of the Emoluments, Allowances, and Insignias Law as unconstitutional. It’s interesting to see the court actually choosing to exercise review so early, even if in a relatively minor case. Unfortunately, that’s all I know about it right now. See below for the original New Light of Myanmar¬†announcement of the decision:

Union Constitutional Tribunal gives verdict

NAY PYI TAW, 14 Dec-The tribunal comprising the chairperson and all the members of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union delivered the verdict on proposal No. 2/2011 submitted by 23-member group including Amyotha Hluttaw Representative Dr Aye Maung through the Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker in accordance with Section 15 (d) of the Union Constitutional Tribunal Law, at Room No. 1 of the tribunal this morning.

The verdict stated that the proposal of 23-member party including Dr Aye Maung was allowed; according to the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Section 4 (c) of Emoluments, Allowances and Insignias Law of Region or State level Officials covers Region or National Races Affairs Ministers as they are the ministers of regions or states concerned and provisions in Section 5 and 17 of this law is not in compliance with the constitution.-MNA

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