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National Assembly approves cabinet shake-up

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National Assembly President Heng Samrin attends Assembly's plenary session on Monday. National Assembly

The National Assembly today approved Prime Minister Hun Sen’s proposed Cabinet reshuffle which seeks to increase productivity and efficiency in the government.

Cham Prasidh becomes the Minister of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation – formerly known as Industry and Handicrafts.

Keut Rith stepped up as new minister of Justice to replace former Minister Ang Vong Vathana who is promoted as a senior minister.

Chea Vandeth, chairman of the National Assembly’s Commission on Planning, Investment, Agriculture, Rural Development, Environment and Water Resources replaced former minister of posts and telecommunication Tram Iv Tek. Mr Iv Tek is promoted to a senior ministerial position.

Chhit Sokhon, a secretary of state for the Council of Ministers, becomes Minister of Cults and Religion to replace Him Chhem.

Prum Sokha who is a secretary of state at the Civil Service Ministry becomes minister to replace Pich Bunthin.

Mr Hun Sen said that the reshuffle is aimed at reforming the justice system in the Kingdom.

“The government needs improvement in justice sector that is its priority,” he added. “We need the ministers who are active.”

“We cannot use those ministers anymore because of their age. They need longer rest but we need the ministers who rest less,” he said.

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