'State counselor' law signed by president

'State counselor' law signed by president

A law to create the powerful new position of “state counselor” was signed by Burma’s President Htin Kyaw on Wednesday and will now go to the Union Parliament for final approval, according to President’s Office spokesperson Zaw Htay.

The law, which will give National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi a position similar to that of prime minister, was passed by both houses of parliament earlier this week.

The law is expected to go into effect within a few days, but could be subject to a review by the constitutional court if any objections are raised after it receives final approval.

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“Complaints to the constitutional court can only be made after the law has been issued,” said Zaw Min, of the National Parliamentary Law-Drafting Committee, adding that the law specifies that the term of the state counselor will be the same as that of the president.

Military-appointed MPs, who control 25 percent of seats in both houses of parliament, strongly objected to the new law, which passed easily thanks to the NLD’s commanding majority in the national legislature.

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