Nobel laureate and pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been nominated to be included as a minister in Myanmar’s incoming government. Parliament Speaker Mann Win Khaing Than announced the names of politicians proposed by the president-elect. Parliament will vote to confirm the posts later in the week.
Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to hold key position in the government, she had already mentioned that she would run the government and President would act as a proxy. Now, with the inclusion of her name in the ministers list, it is highly expected that she would take up Foreign Affairs, Energy and Education department as they are the nost time-consuming departments and they hold quite importance in the country’s development.
New Parliament of Myanmar recently voted to reduce the number of government ministries. In this situation, the President Htin Kyaw has assured all the lawmakers that not even a single civil servant will lose their job. And also the nation will be saving a lot of money in doing so. The nation will save US$ 4 million by reducing the number of ministers, he informed.
The 611-3 vote by the joint session of Parliament was the first legislative act by the party of Aung San Su Kyi. Her party has won after a long struggle that lasted for decades together and they finally won at the 8 November elections.
Htin Kyaw will formally take the office on April 1, he delivered first speech after his nomination. He said that a lot of different ministries scattered around are doing duplicate work, and that he intends to combine them so that their number will come down to 21 from 36. He also said that he has no intention of reducing the number of civil servants. He further added that by reducing the ministries, they are reducing unnecessary expenses and eliminate ministers’ salaries.
According to him, the government will save 5 billion Kyats, ($4 million) during his five year term and that money will be used in education and other issues.
Since the year 1962, Myanmar has been ruled by successive military juntas and also by a military backed, nominally backed government from 2011. As per the junta-drafted constitution, Suu Kyi is barred from holding the post of the President and so his close aid Htin Kyaw was announced to be the next president. Syu Kyi’s National League for Democratic Party is going to be the first government which has been elected democratically after 50 years of military rule.