22 Mar 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi to join Myanmar cabinet

7:18 pm on 22 March 2016

Myanmar's president-elect has nominated Aung San Suu Kyi to join the cabinet formed by her National League for Democracy (NLD), the speaker of parliament says.

Aung San Suu Kyi arriving for the new lower house parliamentary session in Naypyidaw.

Aung San Suu Kyi arriving for the new lower house parliamentary session in Naypyidaw. Photo: AFP

The party swept to a historic election victory in November.

A list of proposed cabinet ministers showed the Nobel peace prize laureate's name next to four ministries: minister of the president's office, foreign affairs, electric power and energy, and education.

U Htin Kyaw talks with media in February at Myanmar's Lower house Parliament in the capital city of Naypyidaw.

U Htin Kyaw Photo: AFP

Ms Suu Kyi led the NLD to a landslide win, but a constitution drafted by the former junta bars her from the presidency because her two sons are British citizens, as was her late husband.

She insisted ahead of last year's election - the first openly contested election in 25 years - that she would lead the country anyway if her party won.

Her party was elected by a landslide in November, and the party later nominated her friend, 69-year-old U Htin Kyaw, as its presidential candidate.

The incoming government will take power next month.

Ms Suu Kyi spent much of her time between 1989 and 2010 in some form of detention because of her efforts to bring democracy to military-ruled Myanmar - a fact that made her an international symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of oppression.

-Reuters / BBC