U Win Htein: State Counselor Will Oversee Any Cabinet Reshuffle

By The Irrawaddy 26 June 2017

YANGON — State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will oversee any cabinet reshuffle, said ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party secretariat member U Win Htein on Sunday.

At a press conference held after a two-day central committee meeting at the party’s headquarters in Yangon, he said: “When it comes to changes of Union-level ministers and deputy ministers, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will review, and she will have the final say,” in response to a question on whether there was any cabinet shakeup in the pipeline.

He did not say whether there would be a cabinet reshuffle in the near future.

U Win Htein said the NLD had formed a committee to assess the performance of lawmakers and regional government members.

“We are reviewing their performance. But we won’t reveal the findings to the public. However, we will submit them to the party Central Executive Committee to get them fixed if needed,” he added.

The NLD government came to power in March 2016. In November last year, The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation’s deputy minister Dr. Tun Win was abruptly dismissed from the position, becoming the first cabinet member to be fired.

The government did not provide any reason for the dismissal at the time.