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Thursday, 31 March 2016
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to be given new 'PM-like' role
Behind the bill: By Jonah Fisher, BBC News, Myanmar
The draft bill states that the new position of "state counsellor" will be funded, created, and then filled by Aung San Suu Kyi.
The bill will give Ms Suu Kyi the power to work on all the key issues of government and meet whoever she pleases.
Effectively it is the creation of a position similar to that of prime minister elsewhere.
After the swearing in of the new government on Wednesday the former political prisoner is already directly in charge of three key ministries and has said she will give instructions to the new President Htin Kyaw.
It is possible that this new role is an attempt to protect her from the charge that she is acting unconstitutionally by taking on so much power.
Htin Kyaw is Myanmar's first elected civilian leader in more than 50 years. Taking the oath of office on Wednesday, the 69-year-old said he would be "faithful" to the people of Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Despite leading the NLD's decades-long democracy struggle and taking them to victory in last year's election, Ms Suu Kyi cannot be president herself. The constitution bars candidates with foreign spouses or children. Her two sons hold British passports.