Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party won historic elections in Myanmar, is to take a place in the new cabinet.
Ms Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency herself and had been widely expected not to take a ministry.
But her name was on a list of 18 submitted to parliament by President-elect Htin Kyaw.
The BBC's Jonah Fisher in Yangon says she will head up foreign affairs, energy, education and be minister in the president's office.
There are no other women appointed to the cabinet, he adds.
Full story: BBC
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