This photograph taken on March 30, 2016 shows a government housing complex for ministers and top officials constructed during the military junta period next to the parliament complex in Naypyidaw. / AFP / ROMEO GACAD /
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Aung San Suu Kyi's party moved Thursday to make her a special state adviser, giving her access to every tier of government and cementing her control over Myanmar's first civilian administration in decades.Banned from becoming president by a junta-era constitution, Suu Kyi has vowed to rule "above" the president and picked her school friend and close aide Htin Kyaw for the role.The post would last for the same five-year term as the president and secure Suu Kyi's access to the legislature, which she was forced to step down from when she joined the cabinet.Aung Kyi Nyunt, an upper house MP from central Myanmar who submitted Thursday's bill, said the role reflected the popular mandate Suu Kyi won at the polls.Suu Kyi is revered by Myanmar's democracy movement and many believe she has earned the right to lead the country's first civilian government for half a century.
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