when less is more — President-elect to clarify ministries on Monday


Following yesterday’s discussion of a proposal for the formation of the next government with 21 ministries as well as 18 ministers, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw will hear clarification on the proposal by President-elect U Htin Kyaw and will make a decision on it on 21 March.
The president-elect was also at the parliament when his proposal was debated yesterday.
Five parliamentarians discussed the number of the President-elect’s proposed ministries on the ninth day session of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday, expressing their support for the proposal.
U Naing Htoo Aung of Ngahtoegyi Constituency expressed support to the proposal of the formation of the next government with 21 ministries, comparing the number of ministries formed in Thailand and Singapore and the United States with a population of 320 million.
U J Yaw Wu, a Kachin State representative, also supported the President-elect’s proposal to have 21 ministries as well as 18 ministers and welcomed the proposed Ministry of Ethnic Affairs, saying that the Law on Protection of Ethnic Minorities Rights passed in the first Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is productive.
In his discussion, U Thant Sin Maung of Monywa Constituency suggested that the Ministry of Cooperatives be excluded from the list of proposed ministriesshould be under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation as the two ministries are similar in their undertakings of providing loans to rural people.
U Ba Shein of Kyaukpyu Constituency also expressed his delight at the proposed formation of the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs and over restructuring the next administration, but the parliamentarian called for a detailed explanation on how the four ministries excluded from the proposed list of ministries are set to be merged with which ministries.
In his discussion, Dr Aung Thu of Yangon Region Constituency No (6) lauded merger of ministries to make implementation of undertakings more efficient and effective and formation of the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs to achieve national reconciliation for ensuring non-disintegration of the Union and non-disintegration of national unity.
Parliamentary approval for the proposal is set to be sought on the tenth day session of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw following the President-elect’s clarification on his proposal coming Monday.

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