Myanmar: Suu Kyi tipped to take FM post in new cabinet

Suu Kyi to take one of four positions in new cabinet, with Minister of Foreign Affairs tipped to be the likely choice

Myanmar: Suu Kyi tipped to take FM post in new cabinet

World Bulletin / News Desk

Myanmar’s newly elected President Htin Kyaw on Tuesday nominated his party's leader Aung San Suu Kyi for at least a minister post in his new cabinet scheduled to take power April 1, with party members tipping the Foreign Ministry post as her likely destination.

A senior member of election winning party the National League for Democracy claimed Suu Kyi has decided to take the foreign ministerial post, as the military's nominee for the position, hard-liner Myint Swe, has already taken the vice-presidential position.

“Since the military has a hardline VP [vice-president] in the cabinet, the party decided she [Suu Kyi) should take a post in the cabinet,” said Myo Yan Naung Thein, secretary of the NLD’s central research team and a director of the Bayda Institute that provides political training to NLD members.

“I am sure she [will] take at least the foreign ministerial post,” Myo Yan Naung Thein told Anadolu Agency.

“As a cabinet member, she can discuss with the president on daily matters."

Suu Kyi -- the leader of the election winning National League for Democracy -- is one of 18 nominees for 21 ministries in the Htin Kyaw-led cabinet, Union Parliament speaker Mann Win Khaing Than said earlier Monday.

She is down to take one of four ministerial posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of President Office or the Ministry of Energy and Electricity.

Last Mod: 22 Mart 2016, 09:05
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