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Dr Zarni's VOA Interview on Aung San Suu Kyi's nomination for a cabinet post (posts)

By Voice of America
March 23, 2016

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's name is among those on a list to serve in the National League for Democracy (NLD) government's Cabinet. It gives her a formal role in the new administration following November's electoral landslide victory. It is uncertain what post, or posts, she will be named to.

The Nobel laureate, and NLD leader, who has indicated she plans to rule above president-elect Htin Kyaw (tihn jaw), is barred by the constitution from serving as president because her late husband was, and her two childen are each, a foreigner. Myanmar activist and member of the Cambodia-based Sleuk Rith Institute Maung Zarni told VOA's Victor Beattie he welcomes the announcement, but cautions the military remains very much in charge of the direction of the country:

And, Maung Zarni says it is not in the military's interest in seeing the NLD push through reform to liberalize the political system. He points to the multiple coups instigated by the military in neighboring Thailand as an example of how prominent he expects the army to remain in Myanmar.

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