special adviser — NLD seeks to create ‘State Counsellor’ role for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

President U Htin Kyaw and  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi enter parliament in Naypyitaw on 30 March.
President U Htin Kyaw and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi enter parliament in Naypyitaw on 30 March.

THE Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) agreed yesterday to discuss a special bill that would create the post of the State Counsellor for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the new cabinet, with plans to debate the bill today.
U Aung Kyi Nyunt, an NLD lawmaker, tabled the State Counsellor Bill to the Upper House yesterday, saying the bill is in conformity with the constitution and in accordance with the Article 217 of the constitution.
“The move and intention to enact the bill is very simple and is within the rights of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. The bill will guarantee her right to give advice to governmental institutions, organisations and individuals. The bill aims to give [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi] the right to facilitate the building of mutual trust and reconciliation in the country through the executive, legislative and judiciary sectors,” the MP told reporters.
The bill includes five chapters and eight articles. The bill, reviewed by The Global New Light of Myanmar, would guarantee Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s right to contact the government ministries, departments, organisations, associations and individuals for counsel, and she will be accountable to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
The term of the office for the State Counsellor is the same as that of the president, who will be in office throughout the duration of the term of current second parliament, according to the bill.
The bill is aimed at helping a multi-party democracy to flourish in Myanmar and to build a peaceful, modern and developed nation with a market-oriented economic system and to establish a democratic, federal Union.
Following the submission of the bill to the parliament, Union Parliament Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than said the debate and voting on the bill will take place on 1 April.
Seven lawmakers—four elected MPs and three military representatives—will debate the bill today.

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