Suu Kyi elected to Myanmar gov't's highest ruling body

Although unable to fill president's position, Suu Kyi now sits in meetings of country's top authority

Suu Kyi elected to Myanmar gov't's highest ruling body

World Bulletin / News Desk

Democracy icon and new Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi has been elected to the National Defense and Security Council, the highest authority in Myanmar's government, state-media reported Thursday.

Newly sworn-in President Htin Kyaw - the choice of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy -- formed the new National Defense and Security Council (NDSC) just hours after being handed power by outgoing President Thein Sein on Wednesday at Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw.

Suu Kyi's name was included in the council Thursday along with the president, the two vice presidents, two parliament speakers, commander-in-chief of the armed forces and his deputy, and the ministers of defense, home affairs and border affairs who are appointed by the military.

The military-drafted constitution states the 11-member NDSC is the highest authority in the government, and grants powers to impose martial law, disband parliament, and rule directly, but only if the president declares a state of emergency.However, it also provides a legal channel for the military to re-impose direct military rule in the country as six of its member are military members, including the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

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