Suu Kyi to cement power with special ‘advisor’ role

naypyidaw/myanmar—Aung San Suu Kyi’s party moved Wednesday to make her a special state adviser, as she cements control over Myanmar’s first civilian government in decades from a position that could be akin to a prime minister.
The Southeast Asian nation is witnessing the dawn of a new democratic era following nearly half a century of military repression.
Hopes are surging that the newly sworn-in administration can accelerate the country’s economic and political rejuvenation.
Banned from becoming president by a junta-era constitution, Suu Kyi has vowed to rule “above” a proxy president.
She already holds four cabinet positions, including foreign minister.
A bill proposing a new position for Suu Kyi was submitted to parliament Thursday, in her party’s latest attempt to circumvent that ban. —APP

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