Suu Kyi drops plans to run 2 ministries, takes on spokeswoman role

(From AFP)

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country’s new president, a ruling party official said Monday.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Banned from becoming president by a junta-era constitution, Suu Kyi has cemented control over the country’s first civilian-led government in decades by taking on a string of senior roles in the new administration

She has vowed to rule “above” the president, picking school friend and close aide Htin Kyaw for the role.

Lawmakers from her National League for Democracy party are also pressing for a special “state counsellor” position for the Nobel laureate, an appointment that would allow her to liaise between the presidency and parliament.

Last week, the NLD said she would take on four cabinet posts — foreign, energy, education and the ministerial position in the president’s office. Read More



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