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President-elect Htin Kyaw said his appointment was a victory for Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to run foreign ministry

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Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party won historic elections in Myanmar, is to take a place in the new cabinet, BBC reports.  Ms Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency herself and had been widely expected not to take a ministry.  But her name was on a list of 18 submitted to parliament by President-elect Htin Kyaw.

The BBC’s Jonah Fisher in Yangon says she will head up foreign affairs, energy, education and be minister in the president’s office.  There are no other women appointed to the cabinet, he adds.  Myanmar’s constitution, drafted by the outgoing military rulers, prevents Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president because her two sons have British passports.

Despite weeks of negotiation, the NLD was unable to persuade the military to remove or suspend the clause.  Fifteen of the names on the ministerial list were chosen by Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate and former political prisoner, and three by the commander-in-chief of the army.

Parliament is expected to vote later in the week to confirm the posts. The NLD has a huge majority in both houses of parliament, although the military automatically occupies 25% of seats. If she does become foreign minister, under the complex political structure Ms Suu Kyi will have to stand down as an MP and refrain from all NLD activities.

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