State Counsellor of Myanmar

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State Counsellor of Myanmar
မြန်မာနိုင်ငံတော်၏ အတိုင်ပင်ခံပုဂ္ဂိုလ်
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Aung San Suu Kyi December 2011 (cropped).jpg
Aung San Suu Kyi

since 6 April 2016
StyleHis/Her Excellency the State Counsellor
NominatorAssembly of the Union
AppointerPresident of Myanmar
Term lengthEquivalent to incumbent President (5 years, renewable once)
Inaugural holderAung San Suu Kyi
Formation6 April 2016
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The State Counsellor of Myanmar (Burmese: နိုင်ငံတော်၏ အတိုင်ပင်ခံပုဂ္ဂိုလ်) is the de facto head of government of Myanmar, equivalent to a prime minister.[1]


The post was created on 6 April 2016 to allow for a greater role for Aung San Suu Kyi within the Government of Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the 2015 Myanmar general election; however she is constitutionally barred from becoming President of Myanmar as her late husband Michael Aris was British and her two children also hold British nationality.[2]

The bill to create the post was passed by the upper house of the Assembly of the Union on 1 April 2016 and by the lower house on 5 April 2016, and signed by President Htin Kyaw on 6 April 2016.[2][3]

Roles and responsibilities[edit]

The post of State Counsellor is similar to that of a Prime Minister in that it allows the holder to work across all areas of government[4] and to act as a link[further explanation needed] between the executive and legislative branches. The State Counsellor has a term of five years, the same term as that of the President.[5]

List of State Counsellors[edit]

No. Portrait Name
Term of Office Political Party Cabinet President Assembly
Term start Term end Term in office
1 Aung San Suu Kyi (December 2011).jpg Aung San Suu Kyi
6 April 2016 Incumbent 4 years, 120 days National League for Democracy II NLDMil. Htin Kyaw, Win Myint 2 (2015)
Concurrently serves as the Minister for Foreign Affairs and for the Office of the President as well as leader of the majority party, the National League for Democracy.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aung San Suu Kyi: The democracy icon who fell from grace". BBC. 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2019-12-14. [...]Ms Suu Kyi is widely seen as de facto leader. Her official title is state counsellor. - Note that "Suu Kyi" is a part of her given name, and that she has no family name.
  2. ^ a b "Aung San Suu Kyi to become 'State Counsellor' of Myanmar". ABC News.
  3. ^ "Aung San Suu Kyi becomes Myanmar state counselor: spokesman". Xinhua News. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Myanmar MPs approve Suu Kyi as 'advisor to state'". Anadolu Agency.

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