New Singapore Minister of Manpower appointed

Galtero Lara
Abril 25, 2018

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced here on Tuesday the biggest Cabinet reshuffle affecting almost all his 16 ministries in an effort to let the fourth-generation ministers shoulder more responsibilities.

The changes come amid speculation over who will replace the 66-year-old Mr.

But Eugene Tan, an academic and former nominated member of parliament, said the reshuffle seemed to give Chan "a slight edge" in the race to replace Lee.

Chan, previously a minister without portfolio, becomes trade minister and also assumes responsibility for the civil service, known as the Public Service Division, from Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. Lee, who has indicated he plans to step down in the coming years.

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Among the younger ministers who will be assuming new roles as head of various ministries are Chan Chun Sing, 48, who will be the Minister for Trade and Industry; S Iswaran, 55, who will be Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations; Ong Ye Kung, 48, who will be Minister for Education, and Josephine Teo, 49, who will be Manpower Minister and continue as Second Minister for Home Affairs.

Lee Hsien Loong said on his Facebook post that the younger ministers will progressively take over more responsibility for governing Singapore.

The People's Action Party has ruled the city-state since its independence more than 50 years ago, and there have been only three prime ministers.

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