Wed 29 Aug 2012
Filed under: Inside Burma,News
President U Thein Sein announced the second day of government reforms with three ministers allowed to resign.
The three were Construction Minister U Khin Maung Myint, Electric Power Minister U Zaw Min and Union Auditor-General U Lun Maung.
Deputy Information Minister U Soe Win was reassigned to Deputy Religious Ministry.
On Monday, the President reshuffled nine union ministers and 15 deputy ministers.
“Reform plans are being made at the government ministries. The government is now initiating the new scenario to implement economic changes and internal peace.
“These reshuffles are aimed to accelerate the reform process of the government,” spokesperson U Zaw Htay, Director of President Office, said.
The recent Cabinet reshuffle is the most remarkable government reform since it took office in March 2011.
UN special envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana, who visited Rakhine statethis month, said the charges against the UN staff were groundless anddemanded their immediate release.
Thein Sein shortly thereafter set up an investigative commissionto determine who was responsible for the violence and casualties. Itvisited Rakhine last week.
The Rohingya Muslim minority has been a target of abuse fordecades.
In 1982, the Citizens Act classified them as stateless Bengaliswho had migrated to Myanmar in the 1800s and 1900s when the countrywas under British colonial rule.
An estimated 800,000 to 1 million Rohingyas live in Rakhine.