Suu Kyi set to be part of Myanmar's new cabinet

  • By Myanmar Now
  • 22/03/2016

Suu Kyi attends parliament on Mar 15, 2016 when Htin Kyaw became the first elected civilian president Myanmar has seen since 1962. (PHOTO: Wai Yan Moe)

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By Myanmar Now

YANGON (Myanmar) - After days of contradictory rumours, it was finally revealed in parliament on Tuesday that Aung San Suu Kyi will be in Myanmar's new cabinet, although it is unclear which portfolios she will be responsible for.

Mann Win Khine Than, the speaker of the country's bicameral parliament, announced the names of 18 ministers who will be in the streamlined cabinet of 21 ministries as proposed by president-elect Htin Kyaw, whose appointment was approved last week.

His proposal did not say who will handle which ministry. There were 36 ministries during the term of the previous, quasi-civilian administration of President Thein Sein.

This is likely to further fuel speculation that Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party which won the November elections in a landslide, will be taking on more than one portfolio. Local media reports have said she would be handling four ministries - foreign affairs, education, electrical power and energy, and the President's Office.

A debate on the proposed names is scheduled in parliament on Thursday.

The following is the list of names as announced by the parliament speaker.

The following is a list of new ministries announced last week.

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