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Aung San Suu Kyi to get position in Myanmar Cabinet


National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Tuesday last week.

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Myanmar’s president-elect yesterday proposed an 18-member Cabinet that is to include National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the former dissident who campaigned for decades to replace the military junta with a democratic government.

Burmese president-elect Htin Kyaw submitted the names to parliament for a formal review and approval by legislators today, after which the Cabinet positions would be decided.

At the top of the list is Aung San Suu Kyi, who was not able to become president because of a constitutional block, even though she led her party to a landslide victory in a general election in November last year.

It has been widely rumored that Aung San Suu Kyi is to become foreign minister, but that is far from certain because if she were to take that post she would have to give up her parliamentary seat and end her party activities.

“I doubt that Aung San Suu Kyi would take the position of the foreign minister,” political analyst Toe Kyaw Hlaign said. “Also, working as a foreign minister requires a lot of time traveling around the world. She will have to do a lot of international relations and overseas trips, and she won’t have the time to exercise control over the government.”

Aung San Suu Kyi has said that she would be “above the president” and govern indirectly.

Her entry into the government is a remarkable turn of fortunes, not only for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, but also for a nation that had been under military rule since 1962.

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