Myanmar drafts first opposition MP to cabinet

February 07, 2013 - 6:08:10 am
YANGON: Myanmar’s president has appointed an opposition lawmaker to his cabinet, state media said yesterday, giving a foothold to a political rival in his reformist government for the first time.
Tin Shwe, an upper house member of parliament from the National Democratic Force (NDF), has been drafted in as deputy minister of hotels and tourism by President Thein Sein, state-mouthpiece the New Light of Myanmar reported.
The decision prompted the NDF, a splinter group from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, to insist that it would not go easy on the government now that its man is in the cabinet.