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Myanmar's improbable new government comes together

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Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy and de facto leader of Myanmar, leaves parliament in Naypyitaw on March 11.   © Reuters

YANGON   With the naming of a new cabinet on March 22, Aung San Suu Kyi cemented her position as Myanmar's new de facto leader and all but finalized the framework for her improbable government, centered around an eccentric ministerial lineup. Most surprising is Suu Kyi's decision, confirmed by her National League for Democracy, to take four out of 21 posts in the cabinet: foreign affairs; electric power and energy; education; and head of the president's office.

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