In his first speech to parliament, Myanmar's president-elect explains the decision to cut the number of government ministries. Rough cut-subtitled (No reporter narration.)
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED. NO REPORTER NARRATION Myanmar's President-elect Htin Kyaw told parliament on Monday (March 21) the decision to reorganise the country's administrative structure was to save money which could be used on other sectors. Htin Kyaw clarified his plan to reorganise the new Myanmar administration in his first statement to parliament, where members of the lower and upper houses gathered. The new plan proposed last week by the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi, said it would reduce the number of ministries to 21. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MYANMAR PRESIDENT-ELECT, HTIN KYAW, SAYING: "We can use those 5 billion kyats ($4.1m), which were saved from reducing the ministries and ministers, to improve our country's education, health and rural development sectors." He said job security would be ensured by transferring the employees appropriately, and said there is no reason the restructuring would cause an increase in unemployment.