Myanmar's parliament approves new executive post for Suu Kyi
April 5, Naypyitaw: Myanmar's parliament on Tuesday approved the creation of a new post for Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the country's newly installed ruling party, that is similar to prime minister.
Suu Kyi is banned by the constitution from becoming president because her children hold foreign citizenship.
The bill establishing the position of state counsellor was opposed by the military's representatives in parliament, but passed easily because of the strong majority that Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won in last November's election.
The bill must be signed by President Htin Kyaw, Suu Kyi's close ally, before taking effect.
The military representatives, who under the constitution drafted under the former military regime hold 25 percent of parliament's seats, boycotted Tuesday's vote, standing in protest.
Suu Kyi, who is already foreign minister, met Tuesday with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. China is Myanmar's biggest neighbor and most important economic partner, and was the main ally of the former military government. It has come under criticism for allegedly exploitative and environmentally unsound projects in Myanmar.
The Oslo Times