Myanmar parliament upper house has passed a proposal for the creation of the position of “State adviser” for her political leader, Aung San Suu Kyi which will give her a president-boss role in running the country.
Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest because of her push for democracy, guided the NLD to a landslide win at the polls in November. She was unable to become president because of a constitutional block because her two sons are British citizens, as was her late husband.
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Khin Maung Myint, an NLD MP in the upper house, said before the vote that, “President Htin Kyaw has the right to propose the law to appoint a ‘state adviser’, which is someone who can control the president and all the Cabinet members”.Htin Kyaw, a close confidant of Myanmar’s Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi, was instead nominated and sworn in as the country’s new president on Wednesday, after more than five decades of military rule in the country.