SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a new Cabinet on Saturday (Jul 25).
In total, the new Cabinet will have 37 political office holders, the same as the previous Cabinet.
The new Cabinet aims to balance continuity, exposure and renewal, and seeks to be a team that leads Singapore through the current public health and economic crisis and into the future, said Mr Lee.
The swearing‐in ceremony for the Cabinet and other office holders will take place next Monday at 7pm at the Istana and Parliament House.
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Mr Lee continues as Prime Minister. Mr Teo Chee Hean remains Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, and Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam stays as Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies.
Three political office holders Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Mr Sam Tan and Dr Tan Wu Meng will retire.
Mr Ong Ye Kung has been appointed Transport Minister, Mr Lawrence Wong as Education Minister and Mr Desmond Lee will be National Development Minister.
Ms Grace Fu will head the ministry formerly known as the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. It has now been renamed the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment. She takes over from Mr Masagos Zulkifli, who becomes Social and Family Development Minister.
Mr Maliki Osman and Mr Edwin Tong have been promoted to full ministers. Other promotions include Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Ms Low Yen Ling, Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim and Ms Sun Xueling.
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat will take on an additional appointment as Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies. Mr Gan Kim Yong will continue as Health Minister and Mrs Josephine Teo will still be Manpower Minister.
New political office holders include first-term Member of Parliament (MP) Tan See Leng, who will be Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry.
Other first-term MPs appointed to political office are Ms Gan Siow Huang, Mr Alvin Tan, Mr Desmond Tan, Mr Tan Kiat How and Mr Eric Chua.
Mdm Rahayu Mahzam will also be appointed as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health.