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Burma's Junta Names Constitutional Commission - 2003-09-08


The military government of Burma says it has named a commission to oversee the drafting of a new constitution.

Burma's official media say the commission is led by Lieutenant General Thein Sein -- a key member of the ruling military's decision-making body.

The commission presumably will resume the work of another body that was adjourned in 1996 following a boycott by the opposition National League for Democracy. No timetable has been given for drafting the constitution.

Burma's military government refused in 1990 to recognize the results of elections that overwhelmingly gave a victory to the opposition. The constitutional commission it created after the elections was dismissed by critics as a "sham."

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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