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New ministries suggested, restructuring of anti-graft panel
On Monday, U Htin Kyaw called on the House to authorize the creation of two new ministries to further tighten governance and enhance co-ordination between different ministries. Two new posts suggested by the Chairman are the Ministry of International Cooperation and the Ministry of the Unionovernment. CDU/CSU Attorney General U Tun Tun Tun Oo said that the Ministry of the Union Administration will act as a co-ordinating organ for all presidential agendas and ministries.
"Since it will be more efficient if a secretary is accountable to the president in the Union's office of governance, the administration wants to create a new ministry," he said. Tun Tun Oo added that it was also necessary to establish a new Department for Foreign Affairs co-operation on policy and economics.
"The Ministry of Planning and Finance is currently in charge of working together internationally," he said. Mr U Htin Kyaw Tin, a senior consultant and currently Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, recommended that he should be appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. The present UN Secretary-General, U Thaung Tun, will chair the proposal of the Ministry for the Government of the Union, the President added in his declaration to MEPs.
He said U Htin Kyaw is doing what section 202 of the constitution stipulates in the formation of the two new ministries. Under the Constitution, the President may appoint the ministries of the Union administration as necessary, change the ministries and determine the number of ministers as necessary and with the consent of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Parliament) raise or reduce them.
The National League for Democracy (NLD), headed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, took up its post in 2016 after having secured enough places to establish a state in 2015, praised the reduction in the number of ministries to cut down on state spending. As a result, the number of ministries was cut from 36 under former management to 21, with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi taking on several ministries, but later transferring them to other minister.
United Thaung Aye, a member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), did not agree with the idea of creating new ministries. In addition to setting up the two new ministries, U Htin Kyaw also suggested renewing the anti-corruption committee, which was seen as critically important for democracy reform but criticized as "ineffective".
Pursuant to the country's anti-corruption legislation, the two spokespersons for Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyothar Hluttaw must each appoint four canditants. Nominated for U Htin Kyaw are U Aung Kyi, a former general who acted as information secretary and secretary of ministry for affairs, aid and relocation.
He' now head advisor to the goverment peace committee. In addition to the former General, U Soe Tint, member of the Anti-Corruption Committee, U Aung Lwin, former Bureau of Special Investigation Manager, and U Han Nyunt, former Assistant General Manager of the Public Prosecutor's Office, have been nominated.
Marn Win Kithaing Than's nominated are former Chief of Police U Zaw Win, U Myo Myint, attorney at the Supreme Court, Daw Aye Aye Mu, former Assistant General Manager of the Court of Auditors, and Daw Lei Lei Thwin, former Court of Auditors Manager. The Pyithu Hluttaw spokesman U Win Myint's candidates are Daw Myat Myat Soe, an anti-corruption commissioner; U Aung Than Myint and U San Win, former principals of the Attorney General's Office; and U Khin Maung Myint, a High Court attorney.