Share This

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Singapore PM Lee and new cabinet sworn in

Singapore's new cabinet has been sworn into office, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pledging that the government will evolve in tandem with the aspirations of a new generation of Singaporeans.

Prime Minister Lee said: "The Government cannot stand still. It must evolve in tandem with our society and our people. That is the best way for our Government to serve and to govern, in accord with the spirit of the times and the aspirations of our people".

The new cabinet was sworn into office by President S R Nathan on Saturday.

The swearing-in ceremony for the 15 ministers and 10 ministers of state took place at the Istana, the official residence and office of the president of Singapore.

The new cabinet sees a fresh injection of new faces and the retirement of nine ministers including Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

Lee has opted for a smaller cabinet, with only 15 ministers - down from the previous 21. The average age is 53, down from 59.

Source: Xinhua

Newscribe : get free news in real time