SINGAPORE — Singapore is likely to see a cabinet reshuffle in early June, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday (May 13 US time).
According to The Straits Times, Prime Minister Lee was answering reporters’ questions about Cabinet moves, after attending the special ASEAN-US summit in Washington. He said he expects to announce the changes after upcoming overseas trips.
“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,” he said, referring to the 27th International Conference on the future of Asia organized by the business media group Nikkei on 26 and 27 May.
“But I’m working on it and I hope to be able to do it once my travels are over, which is in early June.”
The Straits Times has reported that the upcoming cabinet reshuffle is likely to see Finance Minister Lawrence Wong – Prime Minister Lee’s likely successor – being promoted to Deputy Prime Minister.
Wong was announced last month as the first choice to lead Singapore’s team of fourth-generation political leaders. This paved the way for the 49-year-old to become the city-state’s next prime minister.
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