Myanmar president nominates Suu Kyi to join the cabinet

| Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 22:36
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Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi to join the incoming cabinet | Photo: IANS

Yangon: Myanmar's president-elect Htin Kyaw nominated Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to join the incoming cabinet on Tuesday, giving the National League for Democracy leader a formal role in the government that the constitution bars her from leading.

Suu Kyi, whose party won historic elections in Myanmar, was barred from the presidency herself and had been widely expected not to take a ministry.

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But her name was on a list of 18 submitted to parliament by Htin Kyaw, according to BBC. She will head the foreign affairs, energy, education and be minister in the president's office.

There are no other women appointed to the cabinet.

Myanmar's constitution, drafted by the outgoing military rulers, prevents Suu Kyi from becoming president because her two sons have British passports.

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