WASHINGTON — Singapore’s next cabinet reshuffle is expected to take place in early June, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Friday (May 13).
The move will likely see Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, Prime Minister Lee’s successor, promoted to Deputy Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Lee said Cabinet changes were underway and added that he expected them to be announced after his upcoming overseas trips.
He is due to speak at the 27th International Conference on the Future of Asia, hosted by business media group Nikkei on May 26-27.
The conference will be streamed online and will be held in Tokyo, and is titled “Redefining Asia’s Role in a Divided World.”
“I’m working on it. I had to focus on this trip, and I have another trip coming up in two weeks, to go to the Nikkei conference,” Prime Minister Lee said, when asked by Singapore reporters. updates on Cabinet movements. .
“But I’m working on it and I hope to be able to do it once my travels are over, that is to say at the beginning of June,” he added.
Prime Minister Lee was speaking after the special Asean-US summit in Washington, which ended on Friday.
PM Lee leaves Washington on Saturday.
Last month, Mr Wong was announced as the first choice of Singapore’s team of fourth-generation political leaders to lead them, paving the way for him to be the country’s next prime minister.
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