The new constitution in Myanmar, due to be approved by parliament on December 18, will include an “ethical and scientific” interpretation of Buddhism, the country’s new prime minister said in a televised address.
The document will also include a pledge to “strengthen” the countrys “traditional religion” and “exercise the right to belief” in accordance with Buddhist tradition.
“Our country is a Buddhist country, not a Muslim country,” said Myanmar Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi.
“This constitution will be a very positive step towards upholding Buddhist values.”
“In our country, we are trying to develop a Buddhist culture, but we must respect our traditions and customs.”
The text, called the “Buddhist constitution,” was written by Suu Kya, the head of the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).
She will oversee the drafting of the constitution, which has been approved by the countryns parliament and is due to take effect in December.
Suu Kyin is expected to sign the document after a meeting with senior party leaders on December 11.
The draft constitution will also address issues such as gender equality, minority rights, and religious freedom, the NLD said in an official statement.
“The government is committed to safeguarding the Buddhist religion and values and to maintaining the unity of our country,” the NLDP said.
Burma has seen a spike in violence over the past year, which is fueled by a string of sectarian killings and killings of Muslims and ethnic minorities.
Suu Kiya’s draft constitution is the latest step in Myanmar’s push to modernise its society and to promote democracy, a goal that has become more urgent since the military’s ouster of the pro-democracy movement in 2014.
In March, the government announced plans to create a new constitutional court that would hear cases involving alleged rights violations.
In May, the new constitution was passed, despite opposition from many ethnic minorities and some Buddhist nationalists.