Largely unknown to the public just a few weeks ago, U Htin Kyaw will take centre-stage today when he delivers his first speech to the nation as its first elected, non-military president for more than 50 years.
Criticism of the National League for Democracy is mounting over its lack of transparency surrounding the ministerial selection process, even though all were approved by parliament without complaints.
On April 1, incoming Minister for Health Dr Myint Htwe stands for the difficult task of reforming a wing of the government notorious for its “militarisation”, while also handling the largest budget assigned to the health sector in years.
After controversy over bogus academic records marred the National League for Democracy’s selection of ministers, the party proceeded to announce its latest batch of nominees for the Constitutional Tribunal yesterday. A legal adviser employed by the party assured that these candidates at least have been thoroughly vetted.