Kachin Alliance urges NLD to abolish 2008 constitution

The Kachin Post / March 03, 2021

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The United States based Kachin diaspora organization Kachin Alliance (KA) demanded the Burma’s elected National League for Democracy (NLD) party to officially abolish the 2008 constitution, visioning to establish the Interim Union Government based on Panglong agreement.

Kachin Alliance yesterday released an open letter to Committed Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) regarding to their offer for a KA leader to become a CRPH member. However, the Kachin Alliance declined respectfully with conditions. CRPH formed last month after the February 1st military coup in Burma. The committee was formed by the many of the elected Members of Parliament, and claimed to be the representative body of Burma’s Parliament. Most of elected MPs are from NLD.

“We implore the NLD to take a principled stand by declaring the abolishment of the 2008 constitution and its commitment to federalism based on Panglong spirit,” the KA’s open letter said. “This is an existential concern of all Kachin nationals.”

Kachin Alliance said the organization understand the NLD’s decision to utilize the 2008 constitution to legitimize its mandate from November 2020 election in which the party gained landslide victory. However, the 2008 constitution was terminated by coup leaders and the constitution will only perpetuate the military regime’s destructive role in country’s politics, the letter said.

The Kachin Alliance also visioned that the formation of Interim Union Government with NLD and the ethnic parties and armed organizations and establishment of genuine Federal Union of Burma.

The Kachin Alliance is a network of Kachin communities and Churches across United States that aims to raise awareness about Kachin Affairs. The organization was established on February 6, 2016.