Published on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 16:03
The President’s Office has appointed one new minister and five new deputy ministers, but has yet to replace Thein Tun who resigned as minister of communications and information technology last month before a corruption scandal became public.
Thein Tun’s resignation coincided with that of former minister of religious affairs, Thura Myint Maung, who was replaced yesterday by the speaker of Ayeyawady Region Parliament, Hsan Hsint.
The five deputy ministers appointed are: Aung Htoo, energy ministry; Than Tun Aung, mining ministry; Win Maw Tun, labour ministry; Dr. Zaw Min Aung, science ministry; and, Dr. Tin Shwe, tourism ministry.
The President’s Office also announced that Than Tun had been appointed to the Civil Service Selection and Training Board.
Yesterday’s appointment’s was the third cabinet reshuffle since Thein Sein took office in 2011. The first, last August, was major, with nine ministers reassigned.
Thein Tun’s post remains empty since he resigned from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on January 16. Following his resignation, which was described as voluntary in state media, staff at Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications – an agency under the ministry – have been questioned over allegations of bribery and corruption related to procurement, the sources said.
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