Prime Minister Hun Sen during a press conference at the Peace Palace yesterday said that a cabinet reshuffle is on the horizon to improve workflow and its efficiency.
Mr Hun Sen said that his cabinet needs a shake-up soon as some ministers have been inactive in handling their tasks smoothly.
“I will have my cabinet reshuffle soon and some ministers who are inactive will be replaced,” he said, adding the ministers have been in office since the new mandate in September 2018.
Mr Hun Sen did not identify inactive ministers nor mentioned specific names. However, he said that Minister of Industry and Handicraft Cham Prasidh will not be removed.
“We just need to change some ministers to ensure work effectiveness because they cannot respond to the government’s need,” he said. “Some [ministers] will not be reshuffled.”
According to Mr Hun Sen, the reshuffle could be approved at the same time when the ministry of Industry and Handicraft which is renamed to the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, and the moves will be endorsed by the National Assembly.
National Assembly spokesman Leng Peng Long yesterday said that the parliament now is on vacation and will convene in April.
“Any changes of government members need endorsement from the National Assembly,” he added.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan said that he was unaware of which minister will be replaced, but that a shake-up is to ensure the effectiveness of government’s in-depth reform.
After the CPP sweeping all 125 National Assembly seats in the 2018 national election, the government was formed in September 2018 with all 28 old ministers retaining their positions.
Mr Hun Sen then defended not to shake-up his cabinet, saying there was no need as all ministers had worked hard and earned a resounding victory for the CPP.
Sok Touch, president of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, declined to comment.
Soeng Sen Karuna, spokesman for rights group Adhoc, applauded the government’s imminent cabinet reshuffle.
“Human rights issues and justice are the main points the government has to focus on after a shake-up in order to promote Cambodia on the international stage,” Mr Sen Karuna said.