Constitutional Tribunal – we hardly knew ye (Myanmar/Burma)

Well, it looks like the threat of impeachment finally got to the members of Myanmar’s Constitutional Tribunal. According to Xinhua news, all nine members “voluntarily” resigned on September 6. Now the parliament and president will have to choose members to replace them.

A good day for  parliamentary supremacy in Myanmar, but a bad day for judicial independence.

UPDATE (9/7/12):

The official announcement of the tribunal members’ resignations:

Republic of the Union of Myanmar

President Office
Order No. 29/2012
5th Waning of Wagaung, 1374 ME
(6th September, 2012)
Resignations of Chairman and members of Constitutional Tribunal of the Union allowed


According to provisions on Section 331 of the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Section 28 of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union Law, resignations of the following chairman and members of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union were allowed of their own accord.

(1) U Thein Soe
Chairman

(2) Dr Tin Aung Aye
member

(3) Daw Khin Hla Myint
member

(4) U Tun Kyi
member

(5) U Soe Thein
member

(6) U Khin Tun
member

(7) U Hsan Myint
member

(8) U Myint Kyaing
member

(9) Daw Mi Mi Yi
member

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