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Myanmar lawmakers OK new executive post for Suu Kyi

  • Myanmar's new Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy party (NLD), smiles during a press conference after meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Myanmar's new Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy party (NLD), smiles during a press conference after meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Leader of the National League for Democracy party (NLD) and Myanmar's new Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Leader of the National League for Democracy party (NLD) and Myanmar's new Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, right, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Leader of the National League for Democracy party (NLD) and Myanmar's new Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reach a podium for their joint press conference in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

    Leader of the National League for Democracy party (NLD) and Myanmar's new Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, right, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reach a podium for their joint press conference in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)  (The Associated Press)

Myanmar's parliament has approved the creation of a new post for Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the country's newly installed ruling party, that is similar to a prime minister. Suu Kyi is banned by the constitution from becoming president because her children hold foreign citizenship.

The bill creating the position of state counsellor was opposed by the military's representatives in parliament, but passed easily because of the strong majority that Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won in last November's election. The bill must be signed by President Htin Kyaw, Suu Kyi's close ally, before taking effect.

Suu Kyi, who is already foreign minister, met Tuesday with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.