Prime Minister Lee announces cabinet reshuffle effective May 15, 2021

Prime Minister Lee has announced an extensive cabinet reshuffle effective from May 15, 2021. In a press conference, the Prime Minister shared changes for 7 Ministries, following DPM Heng's recent announcement to step down as the leader of the fourth-generation People's Action Party (PAP) leadership team.

"Today I am announcing the new line-up. It will be a more extensive reshuffle than is usual this early in the term of government," said Mr Lee. 

"I have two reasons for this: One is that the Minister for Finance is changing. Following Budget 2021, DPM Heng is relinquishing the Finance portfolio. Finance is a key ministry, so when the Finance Minister changes, there are many repercussions for the other appointments."

Changes will also be made to the Ministries of health, manpower, and trade and industry. As the COVID-19 situation has become more stable, Mr Lee said he is now able to make changes.

"With these major moves, there are inevitably other consequential adjustments to the appointments," said Mr Lee. "I am therefore taking this opportunity to redeploy some of the other ministers, to give them fresh responsibilities, and gain different exposure and experience."

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