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National League for Democracy (NLD) party leader Aung San Suu Kyi has relinquished two of the four ministries awarded to her by President Htin Kyaw only last week.
Suu Kyi has renounced the energy and education portfolios, with Pe Zin Tun and Myo Thein Gyi respectively stepping into the roles.
The NLD leader was appointed to four cabinet positions last week. She will remain as minister of foreign affairs and minister of the President’s Office.
No official reason for the change has been given, but a bill designed to give Suu Kyi a specially-created “state advisor” role was recently passed by the upper house. The newly conceived position is widely considered to be part of Suu Kyi’s plan to “rule from above” the president.
Suu Kyi remains barred from the presidency by a clause in the military-drafted constitution that prevents any citizen with family ties to foreign nationals from assuming the top job.