Buddhist monk Aung San Suu Kyi is seen in this undated photo released by Myanmar’s Ministry of Home Affairs on May 22, 2017.
(Photo by AFP via Getty Images) Myanmar’s religious leaders say the ruling military junta should step down because it has no authority to rule the country.
They say they have a right to be free and democratic and have a “duty to protect” their people.
The junta’s latest attempt to remove the civilian government and re-form it is also seen as an attempt to reinstate the country’s military.
It was set up in 2016 to remove President Thein Sein, who is now in his 90s, and the military juntas rule.
The government has not yet released the final draft of the new constitution.
Myanmar’s Buddhist monks say the junta has violated their religious rights and freedoms and should be ousted.
The opposition’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung Myint Swe, is also calling for a national dialogue.
He says the government has failed to provide for the livelihood of people in the country and that the juntars’ “right to rule should be respected.”
He says it is time for the justhi, the “people’s council,” to act.
The constitution passed in 2017 was approved with just one vote.
It says that a president can only be elected by the jathin or jathine.
The country has a population of 2.2 million, with most of the population in the countryside.