Lao assembly approves Cabinet reshuffle, three ministers replaced


VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/Asia News Network): Three ministers have been replaced in a cabinet reshuffle approved by the National Assembly (NA)’s Standing Committee.

Former Minister of Finance Bounchom Oubonpaseuth (pic) has been replaced by the former governor of Savannakhet province, Santiphab Phomvihane. Bounchom will take up a new post in Savannakhet province.

Former Minister of Energy and Mines Dr Daovong Phonekeo is replaced by the former governor of Saravan province, Phoxay Sayasone. Dr Daovong will take up a new post in the province.

Former Minister of Public Works and Transport Dr Viengsavath Siphandone was replaced by Ngampasong Meuangmany. Dr Viengsavath will take up a new post in Luang Namtha province.

Addressing a news conference on Monday, Vice President of the NA, Ms Sounthone Xayachak, said the Standing Committee of the NA’s 9th legislature approved the cabinet reshuffle at its monthly meeting taking place on January 30-31.

The approval was made following a proposal by the Prime Minister.

The reshuffle comes less than a month after the NA’s 4th Ordinary Session elected Dr Sonexay Siphandone as Prime Minister to replace former PM Phankham Viphavanh.

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