Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to join government as NLD reveals cabinet

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will take a post in U Htin Kyaw’s government, the National League for Democracy has confirmed to parliament.

President-elect U Htin Kyaw submitted a list of 18 proposed ministers, including three from the military, to parliament this morning, with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the top. It did not specify which of the 21 ministries they had been given.

The party leader, who is barred from the presidency by the junta-drafted constitution because her sons are foreign citizens, has been widely tipped for the foreign minister post, which would also give her a position on the 11-member National Defence and Security Council. Reports overnight suggested she would get more than one ministry.

Her position in the government will require her to abstain from party activities, as per section 232(k) of the constitution.

Others listed include former Yangon University rector U Aung Thu, who is expected to get the agriculture ministry, and U Pe Myint, a noted writer, who will likely be minister for information.

Two Union Solidarity and Development Party members, former MP Thura U Aung Ko and current MP U Thein Swe, have been nominated. Thura U Aung Ko is likely to become minister for religion and culture, having previously served as deputy minister for religious affairs. U Thein Swe is a former minister for transport. Both served under the military junta.

Another nominee from outside the NLD, Mon National Party vice chair Naing Thet Lwin, is expected to head the new Ministry of Ethnic Affairs. 

Others nominated include U Than Myint from the party’s economic committee and U Myint Htwe, a former technocrat in the United Nations.

Commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing put forward Lieutenant General Sein Win, Lieutenant General Kyaw Swe and Lieutenant General Ye Aung to head the ministries of Defence, Home Affairs and Border Affairs.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is also the only woman nominated by the NLD for a ministerial post.

Parliament still needs to approve the list of ministers, but can only reject nominees if they do not fit the broad criteria outlined in the constitution.

Minister list:

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
U Aung Thu
U Than Zin Maung
Thura U Aung Ko
U Ohn Win
U Thein Swe
U Kyaw Win
U Khin Maung Cho
U Myint Htwe
U Win Khaing
U Win Myat Aye
U Ohn Maung
U Than Myint
Naing Thet Lwin
U Pe Myint
Lieutenant General Sein Win
Lieutenant General Kyaw Swe
Lieutenant General Ye Aung

By The Myanmar Times   |   Tuesday, 22 March 2016

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