Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Burma’s president calls for clean, more efficient government

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 13:46 Mizzima News    

President Thein Sein has called on his newly reshuffled cabinet members to abide by the law and to create a clean, non-corrupt government, official media reported on Tuesday.

The reform-minded former general urged new cabinet members to avoid repeating past mistakes, said the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper.

Burma's President Thein Sein, center  Photo: President's office

“Understanding the policies of the state, objectives of the government and duties of the ministry, duties must be discharged honestly and earnestly,” he stressed, while urging government members to avoid corruption.

He stressed that government reforms need to penetrate into the lower branches of government that actually touch the lives of the people.

He called for the removal of red tape that cause unnecessary confusion and delay.

The government completed its cabinet reshuffle on Friday in line with its reform strategy.

In the reshuffle, nine ministers were reassigned, two ministers and the auditor-general were asked to resign, 15 former ministers remained in posts without change, 11 new officials were named to fill the open ministerial posts, one new auditor-general was appointed, one deputy minister shifted and 19 new deputy ministers were appointed.

The move came 12 days after Tin Aung Myint Oo, who resigned from the post of vice president for health reasons, was replaced by Nyan Tun, the former naval chief.

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