“The ruling of the constitutional tribunal is final. Not following [the ruling] is the same as not following the constitution. It’s as if the legislature is trying to position itself above the judiciary,” Lt Col Zaw Moe said.The irony!
The votes in both Hluttaws have been open votes, meaning MPs must publicly stand up and state their position. However, according to The Myanmar Times, a few MPs in the Amyotha Hluttaw proposed using a secret ballot. Speaker Khin Aung Myint rejected the proposal. Nonetheless, the proposal itself is interesting in that it might indicate dissension within the ranks. It does seem a bit suspicious after all that all civilian MPs support impeachment. It might suggest that the speaker is putting pressure on backbenchers to vote for impeachment.
Finally, The Myanmar Times published another op-ed in which I was interviewed.