Myanmar to form new ministry for Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar to form new ministry for Aung San Suu Kyi

State counselor’s office ministry to implement national reconciliation, domestic peace, national development, rule of law

By Kyaw Ye Lynn

YANGON, Myanmar (AA) – Myanmar's parliament unanimously voted Tuesday to create a new ministry for State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to implement national reconciliation, domestic peace, national development and the rule of law.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi has taken a state counselor post and two important ministerial posts in the new government led by President Htin Kyaw -- her loyal and longtime friend -- as the military-drafted constitution bars her from becoming head of the state.

On Tuesday, lower house lawmakers -- including appointed military members of parliament -- voted to form the ministry of state counselor’s office, which the President Htin Kyaw described as an important step for the country to successfully implement the missions.

Local media have reported that Tin Myo Win -- a former political prisoner and long-time personal physician of Suu Kyi -- would be appointed as the minister of the newly-formed ministry, however the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has yet to confirm the appointment.

“We don’t know who will be appointed to the post,” NLD spokesman Nyan Win told Anadolu Agency by phone, when questioned as to who would lead the ministry Tuesday.

He confirmed, however, that the ministry would play a crucial role in the reconstruction of the country.

"It will cooperate with all ministries to achieve its important mission. And [it will] mainly focus on national reconciliation with ethnic rebels and communities."

Asked whether the process for national reconciliation would include the country’s minority Rohingya Muslim community, he said that the NLD would first focus on people with citizenship.

“As I understand, citizens are most important in any country. We must work for them first,” he underlined.

Last week, a lawmaker from the Arakan National Party – a powerful ethnic party in Western Rakhine state where around one million stateless Rohingya Muslims live – submitted a proposal urging the government to conduct citizenship verification process in the state.

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