Don't expect quick changes. That was the message emanating from Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi announcing a restructuring of government ministries that could take up to two months.
The start has been, critics say, inauspicious. With its penchant for secrecy, missteps, odd choices and sudden shifts, the new National League for Democracy government has so far failed to impress with its choice of cabinet ministers.
Canada has agreed to restart a scholarship program for Myanmar students and increase cultural exchanges. Stephane Dion discussed the scholarship program with President U Htin Kyaw during a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, a President’s Office spokesperson said.
The inclusion of National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the list of ministers published on March 22 by incoming President U Htin Kyaw has myriad implications for the governance of the country and the management of the party and of parliament, many of which are yet to emerge. But one result, observers say, is to strengthen still further the influence of former Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann.
The National League for Democracy says it intends to ram through by tomorrow a law that would create a pivotal post in government for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi despite opposition by the military bloc in parliament.
Despite having over five months to shape their cabinet in one of the world’s long political transitions, the National League for Democracy has announced two last-minute additions that will relieve the party leader of half her portfolio.