Aung San Suu Kyi to be the State Counsillor, Military disagrees

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Myanmar, April 2: Post the democratic elections in Myanmar, there has been a huge debate over Aung San Suu Kyi's role in the government. A bill has been passed in the upper house of the Parliament, creating the post of the state counsellor that would allow the Nobel Leureate to coordinate ministers and influence the executives.

Suu Kyi could not be the elected as the state leader because of the constitution written under the JUNTA that prevents her from such a position as her two sons are not citizens of Myanmar.

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The NLD lawmakers say that the tussle over the state counsellor post would be th first of many clashes between the military members of the Parliament and the government that took office on Wednesday.

Suu Kyi has already been assigned foreign minister, education minister, energy minister, and minister of the president's office.

"The provisions in the bill are tantamount to meaning the state counsellor is equal to the president, which is contrary to the Constitution," said Colonel Myint Swe, a military member of the upper house.

The opinion about the bill has divided the houses. While some lawmakers suggest that Constitutional Tribunal should decide on the bill, there are others who believe that since majority of the house has agreed to it, her placement is uncontested and does not need military permission. However, that is unconstitutional.

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