Singapore Will Not Make Any Cabinet Changes Until GE

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will stay in the Cabinet as Senior Minister after stepping down as leader of the government, but there won’t be many changes to the rest of the lineup for now, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong said on Tuesday (Apr 16).

Details of a Cabinet reshuffle will be announced a few days before the swearing-in ceremony on May 15, Mr Wong, Singapore’s next Prime Minister, told reporters a day after the leadership handover date was announced. 

“Our system works on the basis of continuity and progressive change. It has never been the case that when there is a leadership transition, all the older ministers step down at the same time,” he said.

“Instead, they continue to contribute in different ways, while making room for the younger ones to step up. So I will adopt the same approach when I take over.”

Mr Wong, who is also Finance Minister, said he is glad Mr Lee has agreed to stay in the Cabinet as Senior Minister. Former Prime Ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong also served as Senior Ministers after stepping down. 

Asked if Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean will continue in his role, Mr Wong said existing ministers will largely remain in their current portfolios, although he is in the process of speaking to each of them.

“I will also look at possible promotions as well as consider bringing in a few backbenchers to strengthen the team,” Mr Wong said.”I won’t be able to bring in people from outside to join the team until the election, so for now, the broad shape of the team remains intact.”


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