June 30, 2017

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SMALLER GOVERNMENT — President-elect proposes 21 ministries, 18 ministers

MPs stand up as the Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw leaves the parliament after yesterday session. Photo: MNA
MPs stand up as the Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw leaves the parliament after yesterday session. Photo: MNA

PRESIDENT-ELECT U Htin Kyaw submitted a proposal for the formation of the next government with 21 ministries as well as 18 ministers to the parliament yesterday.
The president-elect proposed the creation of a new Ministry of the Ethnic Affairs among the 21 ministries, slimming the government down from the 36 ministries of the outgoing government.
Some of the old ministries will be combined under the next government.
The ministries proposed by the president-elect are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation; Ministry of Transport and Communication; Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs; Ministry of Resources and Environmental Conservation; Ministry of Electric Power and Energy; Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population; Ministry of Planning and Finance; Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Health; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Construction; Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement; Ministry of Hotels and Tourism; Ministry of Commerce; Ministry of Information; Ministry of Ethnic  Affairs; Ministry of the President’s Office; Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Border Affairs.
The proposal will be discussed in today’s parliament session.
According to the constitution, the ministries of Home Affairs, Border Affairs and Defence will be run by the Myanmar Defence Services.
Meanwhile, the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) has formed an eight-member Joint-Coordination Committee for Development of Parliamentary Affairs, which will be chaired by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy. The assignment has fuelled speculation that she will not serve as a minister in the next government.—GNLM

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