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Suu Kyi Listed Among NLD Cabinet Nominees

National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the Union Parliament in Naypyidaw on March 15, 2016. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters)

National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the Union Parliament in Naypyidaw on March 15, 2016. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters)

RANGOON — Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy (NLD) chairwoman, was named Tuesday on a list of 18 Union-level ministers announced by Burma’s Parliament, all but ensuring she will be a member of the incoming government’s cabinet.

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.

What is known is that Suu Kyi, assuming she is confirmed by the NLD-dominated legislature, will be the only female member of a cabinet with Suu Kyi loyalist Htin Kyaw at the top as president-elect of the incoming government. Suu Kyi herself is constitutionally barred from the presidency, and has effectively said that she will call the shots in the executive branch via her proxy Htin Kyaw.

Parliament is due to discuss the proposed cabinet roster on Thursday.

The names of at least two members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the former ruling party that was thrashed by the NLD in November’s general election, are also on the list, making good on a pledge by the incoming government to form a cabinet of “national reconciliation” that included other parties’ members, the military-backed party notwithstanding.

The names for three security posts—ministers of Defense, Home Affairs and Border Affairs—were also revealed, with these positions filled by the Burma Army as per a constitutional framework that entrenches a military role in Burma’s politics. Sein Win, Kyaw Swe and Ye Aung are the three lieutenant-generals listed on the cabinet roster announced Tuesday, expected to take the respective ministerial posts in the incoming government.


4 Responses to Suu Kyi Listed Among NLD Cabinet Nominees

  1. How sad the only female member of a cabinet is Aung San Suu Kyi. I was hoping that at least another female MP Khin San Hlaing would be granted a ministerial portfolio. She is after all a brave woman, a Lawyer and stood up to Get Rich Quick Fire Sales by encumbered outgoing MP’s wheeling and dealing with cronies.

  2. General Aung San kept only few Ministers for many ministry and departments. It was effective in administration.

  3. Hail the lady! She will contribute to change the country, as the people expect it.

    It is a pity the potential of females was otherwise grossly neglected for the choice of cabinet members. There should have been at least 2 or 3 more female ministers.

    At least the new “First Lady” of Myanmar is another woman who will grace the name of the country at an international level.

    To neglect the talents of females is very wasteful, they are more than half the nation.

  4. How come Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s cabinet is not at all Gender Neutral? There are a lot of able female candidates from the NLD and why were they not honoured? I have always supported the NLD but not this time as the NLD goverment is not up to the International standard and is not acceptable. Only one female cabinet minister and that person is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi? Come On!!! Have some respect for womenhood of Myanmar. Daw Aung san Suu Kuyi is not the only female who is capable of running a Ministry. What were you thinking Daw Aung San Suu Kyi? Shame on you!!!

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