The party of Aung San Suu Kyi has submitted a proposal to parliament to create a new position for her as "state adviser," which would allow her to have a powerful hand in running Myanmar.

Lawmaker Khin Maung Myint described the position as "the president's boss," indicating that Suu Kyi's party is helping her to achieve a pledge to be above the president, who is her confidant.

The move marked the first legislative act of Myanmar's new government, which took office a day earlier to become the first democratically elected after more than 50 years of military control.

Suu Kyi, who led her party to a landslide win in November elections, could not become president because of a junta-era constitution crafted to keep her out of the post.