(iht) - The United States says it has serious concerns about a new draft of Myanmar's constitution that the country's ruling generals intend to put to a vote next month.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack says it appears intended only to perpetuate the country's military rule and does not provide for a dialogue with opposition forces.
He told reporters Thursday that the constitution does not give much hope for democratic change.
Myanmar's main opposition party is urging international observers to monitor the country's referendum on a new constitution.
The main opposition party, the National League for Democracy, says the May 10 referendum cannot be free and fair because the rules are stacked against the military junta's opponents.