President proposes new ministry for state counsellor

PRESIDENT U Htin Kyaw proposed the formation of a ministry for the state counsellor in a message sent to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday.
The proposal is intended to speed up the government’s efforts at national reconciliation, internal peace, national development and the rule of law, the president said in the massage.
The constitution vests the president with the power to designate ministries as necessary and make changes and additions to the number of ministries with the approval of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
Union Parliament Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than has invited interested representatives to take part in a discussion on the formation of the ministry for the state counsellor. If approved, the new ministry will be the 22nd in the cabinet.
Also in the Union Parliament, Deputy Minister for Defence Maj-Gen Myint Nwe sought parliamentary approval of a plan to sign a defence cooperation agreement between Myanmar and Russia, saying the signing of the agreement would create new levels of defence cooperation between the two countries, thereby fostering dialogue and mutual understanding of defence policies in terms of international and regional security.
After the State Counsellor Bill was put on record, the parliament replaced Vice President U Henry Van Thio with U Manalaw Maung, an MP from Chin State, on the Joint Public Accounts Committee.—Myanmar News Agency

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