Well, from a certain point of view. According to The Irrawaddy, Speaker Thura Shwe Mann has announced that he supports changing § 59F of the 2008 Constitution to allow Aung San Suu Kyi to be a candidate for president. Oddly enough, Shwe Mann himself also wants that job. Could this be an attempt by Shwe Mann to keep his hands clean in case the constitutional reforms do not allow his greatest potential challenger to complete in 2015?
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According to DVB, Aung San Suu Kyi’s Rule of Law Committee has been flooded with over 3,000 complaints during the past 5 months about land grabs and administrative decisions. Committee secretary Win Myint told reporters that the committee had already forwarded 2,000 cases to relevant ministries.
It would be fascinating to see whether complainants ever receive a response or remedy to their complaints. That will be the real test.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s Rule of Law Committee has already received 1,700 complaints about land rights and judicial cases. Mizzima has a brief article summarizing recent developments.
In yet another twist in Burmese politics, Aung San Suu Kyi has been appointed to chair the Hluttaw Rule of Law and Stability. According to an article in The Irrawaddy, the committee oversees the legislature, judiciary, civil service, and media to make sure they conform to the law.
I haven’t seen details yet on the staff or much else about the committee’s jurisdiction. However, one thing that seemed odd is that many of the MPs selected did not know they would be on the committee until announced. Moreover, the committee contains many key opposition party reformers, which could either alienate the committee from the real sources of power or embolden it to propose dramatic reforms.
Mizzima has excepts from a speech Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave at a press conference marking the first anniversary of her release from house arrest. Perhaps not surprisingly given her experience, she lambasts the judicial system. It’s worth checking out to see how she prioritizes judicial reform.