State of the State Ks: Suu Kyi tops list of Cabinet nominees

April 02, 2016

“Aung San Suu Kyi will entrust the party in parliament in the hands of other NLD elders, as expected, and assume a role within the cabinet”, said Nyantha Maw Lin, managing director at political consultancy Vriens & Partners in Yangon.

Suu Kyi led the NLD to a historic landslide election win in November, but a constitution drafted by the former junta bars her from the top office because her two children and her late husband do not have Myanmar citizenship.

Eighteen names for cabinet positions were revealed by the incoming NLD government on Tuesday in Parliament, but specific assignments for 18 corresponding ministerial posts were not, with the timeline for that disclosure unclear at present. It’s elected president Htin Kyaw also assured lawmakers that no civil servants will lose their jobs and that the nation will save $4 million by getting rid of 15 ministries.

Still, her entry into the government is a remarkable change.

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