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The State Counsellor of Myanmar (Burmese: နိုင်ငံတော်၏ အတိုင်ပင်ခံပုဂ္ဂိုလ်) is the de facto head of government of Myanmar, equivalent to a prime minister.

State Counsellor of Myanmar
မြန်မာနိုင်ငံတော်၏ အတိုင်ပင်ခံပုဂ္ဂိုလ်
State seal of Myanmar.svg
Aung San Suu Kyi December 2011 (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Aung San Suu Kyi

since 6 April 2016
StyleHis/Her Excellency the State Counsellor
ResidenceNaypyidaw
NominatorAssembly of the Union
AppointerPresident of Myanmar
Term lengthEquivalent to incumbent President (5 years, renewable once)
Inaugural holderAung San Suu Kyi
Formation6 April 2016
Websitewww.statecounsellor.gov.mm

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BackgroundEdit

The post was created on 6 April 2016 to allow for a greater role for Aung San Suu Kyi within the Government of Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the 2015 Myanmar general election; however she is constitutionally barred from becoming President of Myanmar as her late husband Michael Aris was British and her two children also hold British nationality.[1]

The bill to create the post was passed by the upper house of the Assembly of the Union on 1 April 2016 and by the lower house on 5 April 2016, and signed by President Htin Kyaw on 6 April 2016.[1][2]

Roles and responsibilitiesEdit

The post of State Counsellor is similar to that of a Prime Minister in that it allows the holder to work across all areas of government[3] and to act as a link between the executive and legislative branches. The State Counsellor has a term of five years, the same term as that of the President.[4]

List of State CounsellorsEdit

No. Portrait Name
(Born–Died)
Term of Office Political Party Cabinet President Assembly
Term start Term end Term in office
1   Aung San Suu Kyi
(1945–)
6 April 2016 Incumbent 2 years, 340 days National League for Democracy II NLDMil. Htin Kyaw, Win Myint 2 (2015)
Concurrently serves as the Minister for Foreign Affairs and for the Office of the President as well as leader of the majority party, the National League for Democracy.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Aung San Suu Kyi to become 'State Counsellor' of Myanmar". ABC News.
  2. ^ "Aung San Suu Kyi becomes Myanmar state counselor: spokesman". Xinhua News. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/asiapacific/2016/04/05/suu-kyi-consolidates-power-in-parliament.html
  4. ^ "Myanmar MPs approve Suu Kyi as 'advisor to state'". Anadolu Agency.

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